Literally Viral Lesson 101!

Corona – The way this virus encapsulated the entire globe afflicting enormous losses to all the lands it plagued; it certainly came with eye-opening and astonishing lessons for the human race. However, let’s set aside all the usual lessons that Covid19 taught us. Let’s dive-in a bit more general, how about the lessons that the life of any typical virus can teach to humanity.

A virus that is essentially a nano-particle simply put as being the size equivalent to the one-billionth fraction of a meter or even smaller, has been able to bring down the entire world to a state of utter helplessness and a standstill. So, what exactly makes the particle so strong indeed, such that not even the most technologically advanced world could stand any chance in front of it? Why isn’t there a medicine that could work against the virus? The very answer to the question lies in the pattern of life of a virus. A virus has the capability to keep mutating, bringing about such radical changes to itself that by the time we would create an antivirus for a particular type of virus, that virus would have already mutated and created several new forms of itself; thus making it nearly impossible to defeat it entirely. Hence, there could not be a universal antivirus to date.

But what exactly is to be learned? The viral lesson to be learned here is that ‘do not be resistive of change’. One of the keys to being undefeatable is to constantly keep adopting positive change. To every thesis there is always an anti-thesis, to every matter, there is anti-matter, to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The point is that opposition will always be a part of life, if there are not timely changes the opposition will certainly overpower you or leave you out-dated. An example of this may be of a non-accelerating vehicle that experiences surface friction and air resistance, eventually the resistances will have caused the vehicle to come to rest.

Why is this lesson important? Who needs it? The answer is that every conscious being needs this lesson. Are you a student? Are you pursuing a career exactly the same way as hundreds of thousands of other students are doing? What new skills are you bringing to the market? Are you a businessman? What new products and offerings or innovations are you bringing to the market? A re you a house-maker? What radical changes are you making to create a better family life? If the answer to the question relevant to you is None’ then it is time to be inspired by the virus.

If lesson one is something you are already a champion at, then here is another lesson from the life of a virus. We already know the size of a virus, so insignificant that it is invisible to the naked eye. Yet, something so insignificant has been able to cause such havoc that the world might never forget. Now, very often I hear people complaining things like ‘we alone cannot make a difference’, ‘we cannot change the system ‘, ‘I don’t know if I can implement my start-up idea’ etc. Here is a fun fact for all the people with such complaints, a virus is not even considered to be a living organism since it lacks a metabolic system and therefore it depends on the host it infects to be able to survive. Now when an organism with a negligible size, deformities (pun intended), and a lifespan of a few days only can create such massive impacts; then how is it that us humans as individuals with all the advanced resources and an extremely powerful mind consider ourselves incapable of creating a significant impact, a change, or a break-through.

Our super-villain Mr. Virus is not a schemer. He rapidly adapts to changing environments, always coming up stronger and more resilient. He knows he has a very limited life, pretty much like us humans, and therefore makes sure to do whatever it can to live it to the fullest and to achieve its life goals. He is the ‘Joker’ of the Gotham city we know as planet Earth. Villains are bad, but not bad enough that the primary lesson they teach gets overshadowed.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Dunya News’ editorial stance.

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