The coronavirus has demonstrated to all of us that we are all one. Rich or poor; master or servant; educated or uneducated, white, black, yellow or brown, we are all one.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, puts it well when he said in a statement, “Coronavirus is the great equalizer.”
No drug exists currently to treat the virus although scientists are busily working to come up with one. That however has not stopped some people from coming up with some bizarre and weird treatments. A leader of a religious sect in Asia said that drinking the urine of cows or eating cow dung would take care of the virus. There are many more such bizarre treatments floating around the world.
Whilst scientists are researching a cure, the world has gradually come to accept that there is one effective way of containing the spread of the pandemic and that is to lockdown, you know, close the border, shut down schools, shut down churches, shut down businesses and all public places, ban all social events and get everyone to stay home.
In Ghana, we followed the example and best practices of other affected nations and we have locked down parts of the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions.
Under normal circumstances, lockdown is not the best thing to do. It is costly to the nation and to the citizens. For this pandemic, however, lockdowns are the only way we know to keep it from infecting and killing more people. But, imagine if there is no pandemic and yet a nation chooses to lockdown. We will be sad for this nation and pity her citizens.
Now, what if I tell you that there are people among us who are on a permanent lockdown, even when there was no pandemic? You don’t believe me? Well, let me introduce you to eight people whose lives are on a permanent lockdown. Here we go:
In the current COVID-19 lockdown, we are trying to avoid catching a deadly virus. When someone lives his life in fear, he is hiding from life itself and that is a lockdown.
Now, let me show you how tragic that is. It is like this pandemic dying off and a whole city refusing to open up and insisting that people should stay home. That is the life of the person who because of a bad experience in a love relationship has resolved never to love again. His/her life is on total and complete lockdown.
Two weeks into the rehearsals when she saw how much fun she was having and how much she was learning, she said, “For three years, I have always wanted to be a part of this but I always held back.”
Now, imagine she had never made the effort to become a part of what she had always wanted? I regard her as one of the lucky ones because no matter how long it took her, at least today, she is living her dream. But there are people who never give themselves the chance of making their dreams come true. They are on lockdown in their lives.
The billionaires who are giving their fortunes away all say those moments of giving brought them more joy than anything else they had done in their lives. The point is if you live a selfish, self-seeking and self-absorbed life, you do not experience what it means to be fully alive. And so you are on lockdown.
Two years ago, at the Roverman auditions, a young lady came in and said, “Uncle Ebo, this is my third attempt to gain admission. If you don’t admit me, you will see me again next year. I will continue coming till I get in.”
I was impressed with her never-say-die attitude and gain her admission. Meanwhile there are others who have tried only once and have sworn never to try again.
Life will test how badly you want something. And those who give up easily never get to experience life full and so they are on lockdown.
So, you have met the eight kinds of people whose lives are always on lockdown. I hope you are not one of them. Stay safe and stay home.