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The Pandemic and the Global Moral and Spiritual Bankruptcy


The Coronavirus outbreak brings up broad moral and spiritual questions

In an era of neoliberal ideology of individualism and selfishness, COVID-19 has made us realise how badly we depend on real life social interaction, within our communities, and with family, friends and fellow citizens, sharing love, beauty, joy and laughter,

things that our current monetised global leaders, as it seems, have never heard of! 

The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty, trust, kindness and decency- by and large- in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred, intolerance, anger, anxiety and contempt. 

In the face of the global pandemic catastrophe where is our leaders’ moral and spiritual compass?

Even a cursory look at trends in human behavior will instantly reveal that kindness, compassion, sympathy, empathy and good are on the decline all over the world, while greed, selfishness, narcissism, corruption, and cruelty are on the rise.

This, therefore, brings me to the following pertinent questions:

What in the world has happened to the moral and spiritual compass? Where has the Common Good gone?

The Time is Now to Speak Truth to Power

‘Our last and only hope is prophetic fightback – a moral and spiritual awakening that puts a premium on courageous truth telling and exemplary action by individuals and communities.’- Cornel West

It is no exaggeration to say that millions of people around the world are disheartened as they watched Trump and Biden descend into bitter dualistic debate, deteriorating into an ugly display of contempt, and the world’s leaders everywhere struggle with the immense task of holding their countries together, navigating their path through the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic.