Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen

We live in very demanding times, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Every day brings us news that may be quite confronting. It is easy to lose confidence that we are moving in a right direction. And a question arises: what does this pandemic mean to us and what can we do?

The undeniable fact of our current situation of pandemic is that all of us are in it together. Whatever the cause of the pandemic, we are right now sowing the seeds of our future. We can either wallow in self-pity, stress and anger, or learn our lessons and create a better life for ourselves and for other people. We can already observe and discuss some of these lessons.

It becomes clear that this pandemic is a great eye opener. We were used to see economy as a system in which every person has an obligation to find their place. So, economy was primary and people secondary, subservient to the economy. The pandemic affects people and the economy. But in this case “the chicken and the egg paradox” has a clear answer. When people are going ill and infectious, lockdowns begin. Businesses close and people lose jobs. They don't buy goods and services, and economy shrinks.  So, the people's condition is the primary cause of the heavy losses that world economies suffer.

We can see that people are primary, and economy is secondary and depends on the people. If people are helped first, then they will make economy work, and not the other way around. Who knows, maybe people's actions will produce a completely different kind of economy after the pandemic.

We can also see that our attachment to blatant individualism doesn't work well in a crisis. One person expressing the 'freedom'  of an individual to do whatever he wishes, can make ill and even kill many others. Egotistic decisions of a dictator or a party-bound politician don't help a country to escape the grips of the pandemic, economic crisis or climate change. Wouldn’t it be better for all of us if we find for individualism its proper place but prioritise mutual respect and responsibility and begin solving these global problems together?

We have some great examples of such teamwork between different countries in cosmos exploration. Even now, in the times of discord and struggle, 35 nations participate in the 'ITER Tokamak' project of creating a practically limitless source of energy through magnetic fusion power generation. The project is aimed at the generation of carbon-free power through processes emulating those that power the Sun and the stars. And the results are expected in this decade.

Such cooperation is much more helpful in the time of crisis than competition. We invested much of effort, energy, and ingenuity into the competition of weapons, but they are completely useless in the time of a pandemic. Now we have to cooperate in the search for a vaccine and share the results, because normal life and communications cannot be completely restored until the entire world is well equipped to fight the infection.

We should remember that "society is only as strong as its weakest link." In a crisis, social justice becomes paramount. As the pandemic shows, when people don't have access to paid sick leave and become infected, they still go to work, sometimes to multiple workplaces, and infect others. Inequality and lack of support for minorities, for the infirm, for the old and for the young weaken the entire population. And quite the contrary, access to universal healthcare positively affects its health and raises life expectancy 1 .

In the current situation of pandemic, we can see how the medicos: doctors, nurses, paramedics, and their service staff all over the world are selflessly working long and exhausting shifts saving lives and risking their own health and life. Their images as heroes replace in our mind the images of entrepreneurs who managed to make big money.

Involuntary isolation teaches us to appreciate our relationships with other human beings, friends and family, and with every living creature. It teaches us to appreciate nature wherever we have access to it. Our relationships give us energy and demonstrate that this energy flow is what we actually need. Different frequency energy waves flow throughout the entire existence sustaining us and our communications.  We begin to better feel and understand that, from the highest frequency vibrations of our spiritual (energy) body to the lowest frequencies of the physical (material) body, we are composed of energy and not of money. According to physics, the higher energy vibrations, the more powerful their energy. 2

The more we give our energy to the world, the more power we have for our decisions and actions, our health, love, and everything positive that we create. Agni Yoga tells us: "Family, clan, country, union of nations—each unit strives toward peace, toward betterment of life. Each unit of cooperation and communal life needs perfecting. No one can fix the limits of evolution. By this line of reasoning a worker becomes a creator. Let us not be frightened by the problems of creativeness. Let us find for science unencumbered paths. Thus, thought about improvement will be a sign of joy." 3

So how we can find our way forward? Any improvement starts from questions and new ideas, from the changing people's perception of themselves from 'beaten path travellers' to creators. The ideas are always there. But when people are self-centred and sure that nothing should and can change, they ignore these ideas, consciously or otherwise. As we understand, the current crisis is one of such moments in the history of humanity when it cannot leave everything to remain as it was before. It has to change.

For a long time society prioritized economic growth and immediate profit over health, social cohesion, nature, and the destiny of the future generations. If our civilization is going to survive, a substantial amount of its priorities will have to change. In the time of a crisis, this becomes a life or death choice.

The entire world is now in search for the ways of overcoming the chaos of the pandemic which destroys life. By working creatively together we have a chance of not only protecting, but improving life. This time produces ideas and solutions that will lead us forward towards the betterment of life.

When the world societies change their priorities and start valuing the natural environment, human health, wellbeing and creativity above purely monetary considerations, then illnesses, mental and physical, will become much less common, and the quality of life will improve. It will be a different and healthier civilization. It will put forward different goals, and attract a different quality of leaders to lead future generations to these goals.

1 Wear, Andrew, Solved!, 241, 2020, Black Ink, Australia.
2 Riaikkenen, Roza & Margarita, Creator and Creators, 181, note 11, 2018, Axis Mundi Books, Winchester, UK, Washington, USA.
3 Agni Yoga, New Era Community, 1, 1997, New York, Agni Yoga Society.