Some celebrated this weekend Argentina’s triumph over Brazil in the Copa América, expressing that football did justice to Leo Messi, who in the end was able to raise a title with his national team, which he had been denied despite being considered the best footballer on the planet. Others praised Italy after the tight away win, beating England on penalties at their Wembley Stadium. While the entire planet continues to debate the effects of Covid19 and the forecast that it will end in 2021 and we will not have overcome the pandemic yet.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are now in sight and getting closer and closer. The atmosphere of the most significant sports event on our Earth begins with moderate optimism to fill spaces in the media, although the shadow of the decision to postpone it last year due to the pandemic, deciding to keep the original year in its name, makes them Already a unique competition that will go down in history for having been postponed in the face of the threat of Covid19 and taking place a year later than expected, even with the virus spreading in multiple cities around the world, threatening some countries with the third wave.
Even though the organizing committee has expressed on occasion that the holding of the games could be a beacon of hope for the world in these difficult times and that the Olympic flame could emulate the light at the end of the tunnel in the darkness in which the coronavirus It has made us move since the beginning of 2020, the truth is that this sporting event that every four years reveals messages to the world, this time will come at a time when a balance is made of what the tragic pandemic has brought to humanity in the so-called new normal.
In almost all social gatherings, coffee tables and talks of all kinds, Covid19 and its effects continue to be the predominant theme. What if those who do not want to be vaccinated and hold other hypotheses about the phenomenon should think about the common good! What if, despite the vaccine, the lack of information and knowledge about the virus has generated alarm at the emergence of new strains! What if the efforts of the pandemic in the different governmental levels of the world have failed! And an almost endless list that readers surely know better than I do, with the familiar corollary: life goes on and you have to learn to live like that.
And just because life goes on and that light at the end of the tunnel that the Olympic flame would have wanted to represent is still far away, what we often ask ourselves today is how do we want to live under current circumstances? Do we live in fear or do we live in hope?
I quote my brother Mauricio Cervantes, with whom I may have ideological differences and in the way of seeing life, but who, within his perspective of the phenomenon, wields a great truth: “They scared them by telling them they would die (our parents have known this since they we are in the gestation period). Civilians were frightened and in less than 90 days adopted the use of masks. The calls of scientists or media figures like Al Gore about global warming have not caused such a change in the habits of homo sapiens in 30 years ”.
Yes, indeed, death took the face of the virus since last year, even though in statistics it is still far below other fatal causes. It is also a fact that the immobilization and isolation that were taken on the planet as health measures, generated layoffs and job cuts, business bankruptcy and millionaire losses in the income of families, in addition to a number of secondary effects on the mental health and in the way of living together inside the homes.
We have said it several times and today we repeat it, it will take decades and perhaps decades for studies and research to emerge that allow us to understand this phenomenon that we are not even able to accept.
We observe within many possible categories, two large ones that could encompass all the others, in the way in which people are living today with the virus. On the one hand, those who are permanently afraid of getting infected, losing a family member, losing money and continuing to have losses in all aspects of their lives. On the other hand, those who live with hope and acceptance that everything that we face today has a purpose and a higher purpose that will soon reach each of us and, with the corresponding preventive measures, decide to get up daily to have the best of his days.
And you, my dear reader? Which of the two do you identify with?
Finally, with a pandemic or without a pandemic, with a virus or without a virus, that is the great dilemma of human beings. Some choose to live in fear that one day we will die and that while that happens we come to this world to suffer or be unhappy because life is difficult. Others instead choose to live with hope and gratitude of being born, despite the inevitability of death, with the conviction that life is so fleeting that we should enjoy it to the fullest in the midst of each of the circumstances that surround us. Matter of attitude!