“It was the best of the times; it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens have said that years ago in his novel ‘The tales of two cities’. Who would have thought that his phrase would make apt sense in the context of today’s world senario where the entire globe is in the shackles of lockdown in the name of saving their lives from a disease called Covid-19.
I agree, that this is the best of times for rich and this is the worst of times for poor around the globe. I have always believed that the world has been divided into two shades since forever. Be it God vs Humans, Religion vs Logic, Development vs Nature, Right minded vs Left mindes or Rich vs poor and so on. But in this particular crisis the division of Haves and Have-nots is more evident than ever.
The section of Haves are in a kind of luxury as they are thinking that they have got the time which they always wanted to be with their family or themselves and they are comfortably spending their time in the company of art, literature and food.
They are busy in dictating the world through social media about how to utilise this time to take care of their mind, body and soul or how’s the nature is healing and the world is evolving. On the contrary the other section of Have-nots are conjured in their tiny homes and waiting deliberately for uplifting of this lockdown so that they can go fetch the daily bread and butter for their families.
These contradictions of class differences has always been there with us as a society but during such crisis they come on surface more vividly. There is a unknown distress among the society, there is a uncertainty which is eating up their minds,this uncertainty about their gloomy future is mixed with pain, grief, hunger, fear and isolation.Every individual around the world is struggling his own battle.
Many of us have the liberty to romanticize such times with poetry, literature, food or love and many are wandering into a gloomy set of daily chores hoping for this time to end as soon as possible.
We all are aware that such a situation has never appeared before us. Be it plague, Swine flue or world wars ,the world has dealt with them fiercely but such a pandemic where the world literally stops working is a once in a lifetime kind of a thing for our generation and even for the previous one. But, I believe that we shall overcome from this crisis more robustly than ever before.
But I keep wondering if we will ever come out from this mess of class differences of Haves or Have-nots???
Author : Sakshi Bhardwaj