Written by Nasser Kandil,
Many things are being disclosed around the world after the outbreak of Corona virus which afflicted mankind, which no one is immune from; the young is equal to the old, the strong and the weak, the ruler and the ruled, the rich and the poor. It invades the capable and incapable countries; it does not distinguish between race and class between the interior and the exterior. The most prominent consequence of this phenomenon is the state of meditation imposed by the longtime of the mandatory lockdown and the major forgotten existential questions. Therefore, the answers which accumulated by people in their isolation will have their imprints after getting out of the ordeal on philosophy and the human thought as well as on art, culture, narration, politics and economics. It is enough to meditate the tranquility that spread on a planet exhausted by violent human interventions, the decline of pollution level during the crisis, and the decrease of heat again that allows breath after merciless wars of attrition imposed by evil, greed, and the terrible consumption habits of environmental wealth, nature, water, soil, vegetables, and animal wealth. Therefore, it is no longer easy to overlook the consequences of this mandatory truce imposed by corona in favor of nature and to avoid making scientific comparisons before the resumption of the human life cycle.
Among the things which changed and will change definitely is the readings of the equation of weakness and strength in the criteria of countries and their evaluation. The outbreak of this virus has shown the lack of the western communities of any common values of solidarity, bearing the responsibility and the corruption of the western cultural example as it shown the scarcity of expenditure on health services and prevention, and finding it easy to invest on the empty aspects of life at the expense of taking care of health which forms the main issue of science and government care. The scientific research seemed backward preoccupying in inventing new consumer habits and new goods at the expense of serious issues as medicine and drugs away from trading and greed. While a country classified in the second world as China has appeared as an impressive example in everything, organization, culture, will, and the scientific capabilities despite its huge population and despite the burden of the catastrophic surprise which occurred in it and warned the whole world. Now it records a number of inflicted equivalent to a quarter of the actual number of the inflicted in Italy and the same to Germany and USA, and half of the number of the inflicted in Spain and France without any interpretation except the example of the state and culture.
The global economy which is supposed to be huge in capacities appeared more fragile than the human body in the face of crises. Within days of this crisis the essential commodities were lost from markets, the stock exchange has collapsed, and hundreds of billions dollars that were invested in the stock market have been lost. It is easy to compare between the economy which faced the starvation in the First World War with today economy to notice the superiority of the traditional system of home reserve and planting, small crafts by families, and the depending on the gold currency in trade comparing with the system of the virtual economy which does not like but the currency which refers to and the electronic applications which deal with it. So the question raised worldwide with the first crisis is the debate about the new economic system which will be born from this crisis and the discussion of the subversive role of banks in the economics after they have turned from a source of funding development to a title of inflationary speculation on paper as a balloon which a pin or a virus is enough to bomb it wasting all the fatigue of age and the tiredness of years.
There is a big linkage between philosophy and religion as well, the example of the metaphysical religious thought which based on dependency rather than trust fell, and the example of the denial of the spiritual and religious aspects stood incapable in front of an unknown virus rapidly infiltrating and killing where science could not decode it and where people felt of the imminent moment of farewell easily. So that, the example which calls for combining science and religion as a true science and a true religion become essential, along with the call to bear the responsibility of the individual health through taking care, being attention, and taking prevention and the responsibility of the health of others as a human ethnical and religious responsibility, in addition to link trust with work as mentioned in the Hadith Sharif “Trust in Allah but tether your camel”
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,