2020 so far: Good or bad?

We’re almost halfway through the year and apart from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, India has had to deal with a series of natural disasters like cyclones, low intensity earthquakes and locust attacks. NT BUZZ gets people’s thoughts on 2020 so far

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“It’s definitely been a bad year on all fronts. But we have to learn to live with it. We just need to be positive and work towards our goal. It’s going to take extra effort but will be worth it. Now is the time for team work. We need to help others in order to help ourselves. Learn to give and it will come to you for sure. We can live a very simple life. Just do away with 50 per cent of the greed in us and we will do much better in the second half of 2020.

No point in blaming the government. After all they are also human beings like us. Let us teach them not to be greedy and things will change for the better soon.”

Eknath Oraskar, hotelier, Saligao

“For me 2020 is a special year. I am doing some things I never did before in ways I never knew before. The COVID year has brought out lot of ‘new’ in our lifestyles and exposed a lot of human frailties. So although the world looks to be coming to an end I prefer to enjoy life and make it to the post COVID world. It’s time for change now.”

Fr Bolmax Pereira, parish priest, Chicalim

“The year so far has definitely been filled with an oversized helping of nerve-racking events which has thrown almost every element of life off balance, for some worse than the others. Everything that is dark has flooded mankind at one time. Some may question …what have we done to deserve this? I would answer, what have we not done? And what lessons can we take away? Do we continue to live selfish self-centred lives that care two hoots for others and the ecosystems? Can we learn the basic values to live and let live, to respect, to be content, to encourage, to support? Can we spend time to honestly introspect and work on ourselves? If each one can do this, wouldn’t the world be a better place? But for now, our hope is in our optimism that this too shall pass.”

Peter Castelino, psychiatrist, Mapusa

“We could say the worst is over or the worst is yet to come. But I fear it’s the latter! Either way, we ought to learn from our past and be prepared to take challenges ahead, head on. And be hopeful and more humane than ever before, for this too shall pass.”

Anzil Fernandes, assistant professor, Margao

“Over the years, the earth has been a source of wealth to human kind. However, its misuse has left Mother Earth depleted and desperately crying for help. The events around us are the consequences of our actions. It is an eye opener for us to be more considerate to our surroundings. We need to work together to show our planet some love. We have to slow down and appreciate what we still have. We need to be the voice. It should not take a pandemic for us realise. It is in times like these that we need to support each other and take control of our actions, if we want to preserve Mother Earth for our future generations. Always remember, we are all in this together with hope in our eyes and love in our hearts.”

Viveka Sintia Fonseca, research associate, Panaji

The year 2020 can rightly be called the year of disasters. The world is passing through a very delicate phase presently. Only self restraint, caution and right attitude will sail our ship across the sea of disasters. Disasters are not bad per se: whenever they’ve hit the earth, they’ve taught invaluable lessons to the mankind.

Girish Shirodkar, lecturer, Bicholim

“Has the human race given a thought as to why the blue print of the year book is erratic? Humans have lost humanity, and a sense of responsibility towards the nature. This can be evidenced from heinous crimes against fellow beings, cruelty against innocent animals, authoritative control over environment thereby disturbing the ecological balance and disrupting the ecosystem. Action and reaction is equal and opposite, that’s the law of motion devised by Newton. We all know it but conveniently, negligently and intentionally have ignored this for our self-interest, crucifying Mother Earth. But we forget time and again that nature is always supreme and present and future calamities are an apt answer for uncontrollable misdeeds of human race.”

Shruti Kamat Dalal, assistant professor, Mapusa

“2020 has definitely been one of those years which have shocked us all. But in spite of the most terrible times, it has taught us to be more connected to each other at home, value people who are far away, connect through zoom/video calls etc, be productive. Yes, times are tough but we’ll get through this.”

Shikha Lagali, student, Verna

“2020 is the year where we are forced to change our outlook of the world in order to flourish as a civilisation. It is the year where old systems are being uprooted and new ones are put in its place. 2020 so far has forced me to be less dependent on the government or society and to get my work done myself.”

Neil Nevgi, event curator and young entrepreneur, Mapusa

“I think 2020 can be compared to a tunnel. When we pass through a tunnel it is dark but at the end of it we see the light, the same goes for this year. Only half the year is over and another half is still there. I’m sure when the year ends it will be a memorable year and a significant one. How? It depends on each one of us.”

Agnes Fatima Pinto, student, Vasco

 “I am not a superstitious individual therefore I refuse to believe the notion, that this year is jinxed or any such colloquial beliefs. 2020 is just another year, and will probably be the most eye-opening. Pandemics and wars have been a part of our history for several thousand years, but the world has never been closer or more connected thereby giving more impetus to events now.

So far I have learned more about myself and about mankind in 2020, than I have in the last five years. It is the year, in which we wake out of our ignorance, and awake into a dawn of change. 2020 might be a redefining year, maybe even in a good way.”

Shaunak Samant, student, Miramar

 “It feels so random and every time I hear something new I can’t help but think what is going on? And I can’t help but feel this is the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come in the future. As worried as I am I also feel these constant onslaughts of disaster are forcing us to think critically and change things for the better.”

Nadia Azavedo, illustrator, Caranzalem

Even though the lockdown has postponed people’s plans they had for this year, it has allowed them to take a break from their hectic routines and have more time for themselves and their families. So, I feel keeping a positive attitude will help with the change.”

Chevonne Faleiro, student, Vasco