Every now and then, the world shows us that we are secretly all butterflies, and that every beat of our delicate wings has the power to change the course of history. In a time of pandemic, we can see in more vivid detail the simple truth that every decision we make has the potential to help or to harm countless others.
The initial projections warned of millions of coronavirus deaths around the globe “if we did nothing.” But collectively, we did SOMETHING. Billions of networked, individual actions (and non-actions) helped to save millions of lives. In Europe alone they estimate that lockdown measures have saved more than 3 million people.
The empty streets, the vacant stadiums, the trains with nobody in them were not post-apocalyptic horror shows — they were #LoveInAction — testaments to our selflessness and our willingness to protect one another from harm.
Knowing that we can effectively act in concert when necessary is a profoundly important lesson: one which we can apply to any obstacle we face: from climate change to systemic racism. Together, we can achieve ANYTHING.
Dumbledore taught us that “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities,” and right now, despite all the fear and sorrow calling us to do otherwise, we are being asked to choose love — and to choose it again, and again, and again.
Our choices are powerful beyond measure. What different types of choices are you going to make, and encourage others to make with you?
Aside from our wonderful healthcare workers, who else do you think deserves to be applauded from our balconies and doorways for the brilliant choices they make that help create a safer, happier and more connected world for us all?
Artwork by @IrisMaertens
Together, we flattened the curve of #Covid19. Together, we emptied our streets and stadiums in a billion acts of love. Together, we can achieve ANYTHING. Let’s build a #NewNormal — one that works for us all. #EveryChoiceMatters #BuildBackBetter pic.twitter.com/ONYrRfpW8y
— WeWereMadeForTheseTimes (@WeWereMade4) June 10, 2020