Post Mortem

The hopelessness on our end

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/3/2020 12:40:02 PM IST

 Who would’ve thought that, that which we cannot see would torment and wipe us all out from the very grounds we once considered invincible? The loss of millions of life, the despair, fear and grief beats in our hearts and minds and it is here for an extended stay. A virus, whose acts some consider as euthanizing because of the overpopulation, while some term it as horrendous and evil. The sweat and tears of every hard working man and woman is now but, anxious and depressed. This year of ours (2020), suits like a nightmare for we achieved the highest number of deaths and infected rate. As per the reports, the cure for 2020’s tragedy might be 2021 or sooner than we might know; none can be precise. 

If we may, let us focus on our state, not the country, nor the world because that which we see and hear is only hopelessness lurking all around us. We prayed hard, fasted like dying swans, yet our plains and hills were conquered. Why? We asked, are we not for Him? We wondered. Well, how about, “Why not?” because harshly, we took its arrival as a complete negation rather than being prepared for it. Does it not ring a bell about “Judgment Day” because each of us knows, but we will elude its Revelations and many of us will be judged only to be doomed in the abyss for eternity. However, I would be a Pariah if I were to judge each one of you based on your faith and belief and I am not.

Now is not the time to not be altruistic for when the dust settles, it may be too late to be regretful or remorseful; as for which our leaders are an epitome and we must be too, instead of always being grateful. For once, let us put aside our “appreciative capabilities” and let those in dire need play our role. I am sure, our “amour propre” will not whisk away because gratitude and altruism are two different things. We are all in need of something because during trying times, our left hand must ameliorate so that the right hand may reciprocate.

Many of us may have lost our jobs, but that doesn’t mean we term ourselves as redundant. I know it is hard to even envision it, but maybe you are alive and well because it happened. Do not be indignant because you have become impecunious, and may this embolden you, for most of us are, in the same battle. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to know that we will all suffocate if the lockdown continues at a stringent rate. And the worst case scenario is that, no auto drivers are willing to ply if not for, “a matter of life and death situation” and most essential commodities shops won’t lift their shutters. Their fears may be entrenched in the repercussions of “COVID-19” or the people in uniform, or it may be both. Sometimes in life, we all have to take chances, and today seems like the perfect day for tomorrow to exist with precautionary measures.

The hopelessness on our end may seem lucid, but we must learn to work distantly in solidarity to live among the infected, to live with the virus, yet be immaculate from the threats and dangers it poses. It indeed is silliness to tell us the “how to” when we have survived five months of its pillage, but we must not take this silliness as meekness. And it is with a stern prayer and belief that we will survive this pandemic if we do not take advantage of the situation. May the leaders be reminded that the commoners are vigilant and that the commoners be reminded that even the blind observes. And above all, God sees us all.

Thotchanmung Jamang, Wungram Colony

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