Imagine Being Born in 1900

“It’s too much hassle, have to wear mask, get pass and swab, am losing lots of income,” complains Nida, a woman missing going to office.

I was like Nida, especially at the beginning of Covid lockdowns. Until ... I learned to check and align my perspective.

Lots of people are inconvenienced these days due to the Covid lockdowns. Some won’t cooperate to health protocol. Some mass protest. 

Some even curse the government. Many defy any basic protection measures, such as in the United States and Brazil, which register the world’s biggest cases of spikes and deaths.

I was reading an FB post this morning and joining its suggested imagination exercise. Here it is.

I imagine myself for a moment born in 1900.

At 14 years old, World War I starts and ends with 22 million dead. 

Soon after that, when I’m 18, the Spanish Flu pandemic strikes. It killed 50 million people. When it disappeared, I was 20 years old.

At 29, I survived the global economic crisis that started the collapse of the US New York Stock Exchange, causing massive inflation, unemployment, and poverty.

When I’m 33 years old, Hitler’s Nazis come to power.

At 39, World War II begins and ends when I’m 45 years old with 60 million dead. 

In the Holocaust, 6 million Jews die.

When I’m 52, the Korean War begins.

Then at 64, the Vietnam War begins and ends when I’m 75.

Isn’t that so difficult a lifetime! But I survived several wars and catastrophes.

This year 2020, humanity experiences and enjoys the great advances of science, technology, and comforts of our modern world, amid the new Coronavirus pandemic.

Still people complain a lot. Millions get angry and protest. Even in the mere wearing of masks, they fume.

But we have Internet, cell phones, electricity, food, safe roofs over our heads, even hot water for shower.

None of that were enjoyed by people who existed way back in the 1900s.

Yet humanity survived. 

Amid those dire circumstances, they never lost their determination to survive and thrive.

Thanks for that helpful post I chanced upon this morning.

The post concludes: “A small change in our perspective can generate miracles.”

This Coronavirus pandemic, check and align your perspective.

Humanity is offered another opportunity to create miracles in our lifetime with the right kind of perspective.

The apostle Paul writes, “... I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with no or little means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and getting hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)


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