The latest data for Covid-19 in the United Kingdom makes for grim reading. 55,892 daily were reported yesterday, with 23,813 people in hospital because of Covid-19. Deaths yesterday reached the worrying figure of 964. The United States have now seen 20 million cases, and over 340 thousand deaths. Worldwide we have seen 83.5 million cases and not far short of 2 million deaths.
We are being tested. We will undoubtedly be able to restore our world to something like its former condition, though at a huge cost in lives. But we must ask ourselves if that is what we want or should want. If we live in a crooked house, that leaks and shakes, and then it is finally blown down in a great storm, do we seek to build the house as it was – leaks, shakes, inconveniences, and all – or do we seek to build a better house? This is the question we now face? And we need to bear in mind that if we re-establish everything to how it was, we will in fact not be able to re-establish everything to how it was. We must accept here and now that the world we create after the pandemic will carry our own consciousness of how we might have made things better. We will never be the same. We change things, or we bear for the rest of our lives the corrosive knowledge deep in our souls of having let slip a great social, political, economic and indeed spiritual opportunity.