Out of darkness

Out of darkness

‘It was the worst of times, it was the best of times, it was the winter of despair, it was the spring of hope, it was the season of darkness, it was the season of light.’

With my apologies to Charles Dickens for first daring to plagiarise and then adding insult to injury by rearranging his famous opening line! However, as Rahm Emanuel, the former Major of Chicago, once declared, ‘Never let a serious crisis go to waste… it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.’

COVID-19 has shaken our foundations – and this strange virus has drawn out some of the very worst, but also the very best in humanity.

It has shown us the selfishness of some of our attitudes and behaviours for what they really are.

It has given birth a new generosity of spirit and countless acts of self-sacrifice.

It has left the world’s poorest and most vulnerable least protected, again.

It has demonstrated there are things that matter far more than the pursuit of constant economic g...

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