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Covid And Us

This may be a pessimistic and a biased point of view on the current Covid pandemic. I looked at the situation from a very specific creative lens to focus on a single aspect of the pandemic.

The interaction of the living with something that is neither living nor non-living is bound to rub off on our so called ‘living’ness. If a broken ship is repaired piece by piece when it gets damaged, when does it stop being the original ship? With the same token, is it possible that our interaction with viruses is making us less ‘living’ on some level and is it possible that our ‘living’ness might cease to exist? We started out as unicellular organisms to these multicellular and full fledged life forms as we are, humans. The early human lived among nature and was very much a part of nature. We have evolved somehow. Today’s man interacts with the non-living on a much more frequent basis than we have ever before. On some level, some non-living things are becoming dearer to us than the living. It is evident and can be observed in our common lives when we do not make conversations with a person sitting next to us on the bus and choose to engage with a cellphone. The only possible way we have not been interacting with them (non-living) is that we are not ingesting them yet. But a virus is not a living thing and it has gotten into our system in a way similar to ingestion. The more it takes over our world the more we socially distance ourselves and the more heavily we rely on technology and machines (all non-living) for our sustainability. Is it possible that over time we become one with the non-living forever and any form of human contact becomes a foreign concept to us? That may be sufficient to propel us to not crave human presence to the extent that we stop procreating and desire to live forever as a machine or maybe something that is neither living nor non-living, maybe, a virus?