Over the past few weeks, I have been soaking up information from around the world. There have been some brilliant comments which would not have even been given space just a few short months ago. I thought I would share some of them:
From a Franciscan Friar based at the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment… We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering.
From another commentator:
Epidemics “have a way of revealing underlying truths about the societies they impact.”
Comments by Rod Oram:
These are just some examples of the post-GFC corporate strategies which have generated unbelievable wealth for some investors but economic vulnerability for societies.
Covid-19 is creating economic mayhem which will purge some of these excesses. But once again governments and citizens will bear these socialised losses. That, though, is the price we will have to pay to minimise the depth and duration of depression.
That’s acceptable if this time we fiercely defend society’s interests over special interests.
WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO “RECOVER BETTER”.
The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated clearly that countries with robust social protection systems suffered the least and recovered most quickly from its impact.
From American poet Kitty O’Meara: