A quarter into the second year of the pandemic, and the lessons of 2020 haven’t stuck
In these dire times where hopelessness floats around easily, we as a country cannot give up our survival instincts. The only time survival instincts get a big bash at its bottom is when we fail to follow the restrictions drawn by our government. Because the government is a body that has the actual data on how much Covid-19 (new strain) can spread if public gathering and unnecessary outing remains high. As a citizen of this country, I feel compelled to write this article on how the misinformation fed by our citizens may be the main cause if in case our healthcare collapse.
By now we all know that ICU units around the country have reached their cap, a ceiling which will not allow more patient to enrol to receive health care. What would happen when that day comes? Are we the nation’s youth ever be as concerned as the citizens of First World countries? As much as I blame our education system, the fallacy upon religion is also to be considered as the main cause of our overall ignorance. Amnesia has taken place because we forgot what happened last year.
Every one of us who are in our 20s to 30s is to be blamed for all the deaths that happened until now. Because the prevalence of “I am immune because I am young” has made a serious problem that concerns me as I am a fellow of that age bracket. It’s like we don’t care. We don’t care about our family members who are now a senior citizen of this country. And we fail to provide for their needs by acting selfishly for our own sake, that is RECREATION. We the generation act like problematic children of a household who does not care for the fair distribution of happiness that can be achieved by staying close to our family members. Instead, we choose to go out, travel and put ourselves at risk of becoming the carrier of the virus- what a shame.
Now imagine the life of a daily wage earner. In a micro setting, if you investigate one household that is below the pyramid of social hierarchy, you will find that a person who earns to survive lives in a marginal setting. Supposedly faith and humbleness towards God may have kept them alive but what exactly is missing? Our population which is bliss is also a curse. So many deaths will only affect the country as we lose some of the hardest working members of our community. It is our responsibility to think and provide a better system by working side by side with the government and bring out the talented individual who sells fish in Green Road.
The only way forward is by having a symmetrical distribution of information and also forgoing the belief that God has become angry and has made us suffer. We have to rely on the faith but not rely totally upon its core indicates black and white reasoning. The grey area where we all belong is getting emptied out because of the lack of education which in a free setting did not happen because of so many other factors. If I can name one, that will be, wealth. As we were a poor country a few decades ago, one must realize a lot of people in this part of the world lives on 6000 Taka per month.
In a poor family, wealth matters. Earning Tk200 each day by selling groceries is not enough for a mother to provide a good education for the children. And in this pandemic, those who have fallen apart from the “smart” digital technology are missing out on education because of the lack of wealth.
How do we solve this problem?
The idea is to create a system that puts all children into the education bracket and tactfully encourages them to stay on board until they pass HSC exams. If only our generation could focus on these issues, wealth distribution will even out.
Indeed, everything happens for a reason, but when we become the reason for deaths, we truly must question how much evolution has affected us- in a good way of course.
Our main purpose is survival, if we fail to do just that only by not staying and maintaining safety precautions then we will be focusing on the people who are marginalized. They are all being affected by this uncertainty of a pandemic situation where we failed to stay right beside them. God may or may not be angry at us, but a generation of our population is now pointing fingers at the youth who failed to restrain themselves from going out in public.
Naveed Al Raji is a Dhaka based writer