In the midst of all this, it seems so long ago that we were facing the fire crisis in New South Wales.
There has been a lot of commentary around our collective response to fires and climate disasters being quite inspiring. First, we fought together and helped one another. Then we gave with unbelievable generosity.
Now, in contrast, the primary image of this current challenge is three women fighting over toilet paper at Woolies.
How have we moved from inspiring to disappointing so quickly? I think there are some interesting differences.
With fires and floods, the enemy is visible and beyond us. You can see the danger and you know when it has passed. As a community, we can band together, fight as one, and support our fellow citizens to overcome the adversity. Historically, outside enemies have united nations to a common purpose.
Viruses are invisible, uncertain, and the enemy is us. Previously we overcame when we banded together. Now we get through by staying apart. An invisible enemy creates anxiety and leaves us wondering and perplexed. I can feel like I’m fighting for myself or my own little band. I’m not sure when this will start or how it will finish. Finally, this virus could be in me and I don’t know what the effect is going to be.
Sickness affects people one by one and it is to a great degree...separating.
I think responding well is going to be about me i.e. who I am and how I act. What personal characteristics and level of kindness and compassion will I display in order to get through? Maybe I could let someone else get the last roll.
If we individually do well, we will do well together. We can be encouraging. In this crisis we face, the inspiration will be one by one, little by little, act by act. Through this, we can build something inspiring together.
That laid the foundation for the idea of asking our students to write letters or cards of appreciation. It’s something good they can do individually. They will need to get out of themselves. Our message to senior citizens is: "you may be isolated, but you’re not alone and, we at MCC are thinking of you and thank you". We want them to think about and thank the health care workers who are right in the front line. We want to thank the shop workers who are putting up with the jostling and the cranky looks when you hear, “Sorry, you can only have one of those.”
In the Primary school on Friday’s Casual Dress day, we are asking students to bring some non-perishable food items to give to our local Senior Citizens.
The money we raise in Secondary, we will do the same with.
"Overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:22