Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has released an open letter explaining what humans can learn from the new coronavirus epidemic that has engulfed the world,media reported. As of Monday, about 370,000 people worldwide were infected with the new coronavirus, and more than 16,000 people had died. Last month, Gates donated nearly $100 million to fight the new coronavirus outbreak.
In an open letter entitled “What the New Corona Virus Really Taught us,” Gates wrote:
I firmly believe that there is a deep sense behind everything that happens, whether it is a good or a bad thing.
It reminds us: 1) No matter how different we differ in culture, religion, occupation, economic status or prestige, we are equal when the outbreak breaks out.
2) We are all connected, and things that affect one person can affect others.
3) The false boundaries we set have little value because the virus does not require a passport to spread. It reminds us through brief oppression that many people in this world have lived through oppression all their lives.
4) How precious our health is, and how we ignore it by eating malnourished processed foods and drinking water contaminated with chemicals. If we don’t pay attention to our health, we will certainly get sick.
5) It reminds us of the shortness of life, reminds us that the most important thing is to help each other, especially to help the elderly or the sick.
6) How much our society has become material. In difficult times, we should remember that what we need is essentials (food, water, medicine) rather than the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give high value to.
7) How important our family and family life are, and how much we ignore it. It is forcing us to return to our homes so that we can rebuild our homes and strengthen our families.
8) Our real job is not what we do now, that’s what we do, not what we’re born to do. Our real job is to take care of each other, protect each other and benefit each other.
9) It reminds us to restrain ourselves. It reminds us that no matter how great we think we are, or how famous others think we are, viruses can bring our world to a standstill.
10) The power of free will is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, we can choose to share, give, help and support, or we can choose to be selfish, hoarding, only self-interest. Indeed, it is the difficulties that make us 111) we can be patient, and we can get into a panic. We can understand that this has happened many times in history, and it will eventually pass. Or we can panic and think it’s the end of the world, and the damage it does to us outweighs the benefits.
12) This could be an end, or it could represent a new beginning. This can be a time for reflection and understanding, a time to learn from our mistakes, or the beginning of a cycle that lasts until we finally get the lesson we want.
13) It reminds us that the earth is in a state of illness. It reminds us that we need to pay attention to the rate of deforestation, just as we are concerned about the speed at which toilet paper is disappearing from the shelves. We are ill because our home is sick.
14) After every difficulty, there are always easy times. Life is circular, and this is only one stage in this great cycle. We don’t need to panic, it’s all going to pass.
Although many people think the new coronavirus is a huge disaster, I prefer to think of it as a “great corrector”. It reminds us to focus on the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten, and whether we learn them depends on us.