I bought bananas from this fruit vendor. He handed me the bananas and then wiped his hands with a sanitiser kept near his cash box. I was amazed. I told him so. He thanked me.
A kilometre away, in there is a popular wine shop called Pinky Wines. Over 25 people were standing close to each other with their masks pulled down. The lure of alcohol on a Saturday evening made them forget the dangers of the virus.
These are 2 contrasting behaviours that need to be understood by us.
We don’t need lockdowns. We need behaviour change. How long can you lockdown a nation?
The reason why Europe is back on its feet is because of behavioural change voluntarily implemented by their citizens. The reason why USA suffers is because conservative Americans refuse to change their behaviour. Same with Brazil. And same with India.
Which is perhaps why Viktor Frankl said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Survival is not compulsory.
It is our choice.