2020-07-28

THE VOICE OF OUR PEERS: CHAPTER TWELVE

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CHAPTER TWELVE CHAPTER TWELVE

CHAPTER 12: REFLECTIONS OF LUZ

THE VIRUS OF FEAR

That the COVID-19 has generated a state of permanent fear is not a revealing truth. But fear of the symptoms or their spread is not the only thing we face in today's sense of a semi-paralyzed world.
Fear is generated by television, which repeats figures all the time (of infected people, of dead people, of the fall of the market) and how they increase as the days go by, as well as announcing the high possibilities of the collapse of the health system.
Fear is generated by the police day and night in our neighborhoods, causing us to feel a sense of permanent vigilance.
Fear that the money will not be enough for these days of obligatory social isolation, with prices that go up and jobs that are lost.
Fear sometimes paralyzes, but I understand that it is this same fear that drives us to build collective responses.
This is the moment when we must all generate spaces, even if they are virtual, that invite us to a permanent reflection on why we are in this situation and how we can reverse it. It is clear that we are living the consequences of a capitalist system that enriches very few at the cost of the suffering of many.
Situations that frighten us live every day, gender violence, poverty, hunger, the destruction of the environment (which is our common home), the unemployed stand out from a list that could be even more extensive, but in the face of these situations our position must always be the same: to fight for the construction of a better world.
Isolation must not turn us into individualistic beings, now more than ever our commitment must be to our peoples. As Pope Francis says, NO ONE IS SAVED ALONE.

 

 

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