From one influenza to the other… as humanity continues its procession

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From one influenza to the other… as humanity continues its procession

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

In 1869, during the spreading of the Asian influenza, or rather called the Russian influenza, Kathleen O’Mara wrote the following:

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

The poem was reprinted during Spanish flu pandemic in 1919 which claimed 50 million people.

After several wars in the 20th century and the emergence of a number of types of influenza, we find ourselves nowadays facing a recurrence of the events of history in a more tragic way on the one hand, while demonstrating solidarity on the other since people are more scientifically and technologically advanced, thus we know about every development in the world and regrettably the "number" of the infected people and the victims. However, we cannot deny that in every round of global flu, or "pandemic", we find humanity "mourning" because of the human weakness that has been prevailing in the children of Adam, no matter how they seem to be strong and capable of doing everything.

We implore the mercy of God for the recovery of the Earth. We also implore the recovery of human beings, the greatest asset, who will--upon the restoration of normal life--will adopt new ways of living different from what it was the past, and let humanity, God willing, complete its procession towards new horizons.

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