Thursday 19 March 2020, is the first day of spring in all countries in Northern Hemisphere, the earliest in 124 years.
The flowers are blossoming, the birds are chirping.
But we can not see it.
We are not allowed to go out.
Because thursday, 19 March 2020, is also the 10th days of Italy's national lockdown of 60 million people due to Covid-19 pandemic, with over 35,000 confirmed cases and nearly 3,000 deaths from the disease.
China was the first country to implement lockdown on 23 January 2020 in Wuhan, the city where the first case of Coronavirus was found, which eventually expanded to some other cities affecting more than 57 million people.
On 14 March 2020, Spain went into national lockdown, then France, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, El Salvador, New Zealand.....
From city to city, from country to country, we're being "locked down";
We are being "locked up" because home, sweet home is now prison, soft prison.
Some of us are even being "locked in" as they have to be with someone else 247, love or no love.
We are living with longings:
And we are facing fear.
And all of us are asking: Why? Why is this happening?
In her powerful Ted talk, global health expert Alanna Shaikh has suggested that the outbreak "is the result of the way we as humanbeings are interacting with our planet, human choices are driving us into a position where we are going to see more".
In other words, we are doing this to ourselves, we are being punished by nature, for our intrusion and manipulation.
Perhaps the outbreak of cornavirus in 2019 is a sign that we're intruding too much, and the advance of the spring 2020 is another sign that we are manipulating too much.
In the same TED talk, Alanna Shaikh has also stated that"This is not the last major outbreak we're ever going to see...there is gonna be more outbreaks, and there is gonna be mor epidemics. That's not maybe, that's a given."
So even we can survive the pandemic this time by staying at home, we can not do it again, not because it's boring or frustrating, but because maybe it will not be enough, or not effective at all.
What we need to do, is to stay away from nature where we are not wanted.