Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, it had felt like we were always on the verge of some cataclysmic event. Nuclear war had seemed a very real possibility. Terrorism was an ever present threat. Biological warfare was talked of with ominous frequency. Gradually the tension in the air had seemed to ease. The Iron Curtain fell. Travel was cheap. Many diseases were eradicated.
All of my teenage dreams for a better, happier more peaceful world, now seem so naive. Until September 11th, 2001, (The day that other terrible event, struck New York,) we had seemed on the brink of that idealistic world.
I realise other locations were also stricken that day.
The world has changed so much since then.
There had been a brief window of hope, prior to that heartbreaking day, before once again, we had all lived under constant threat of extermination by some terrible event.
Now this particular peril has arrived. It seems almost incredible. It crept up silently. I had noticed people were being locked down in Wuhan. It had appeared to be just another news story, which would go away given time. Now in my country of birth, over ten thousand people are dead. The world’s streets have emptied.
It feels like somebody somewhere has opened Pandora’s box…
“We wait until Pandora’s Box is opened before we say, Wow, maybe we should understand what’s in that box. This is the story of humans on every problem.”