Today is 2020 Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It is perfect time to reflect what happen in this amazingly historical year. This is the grateful year for humanity!
While watching the unfold of 2020, we witness the challenging test of humanity, the characteristics that belong uniquely to human beings, such as kindness, trust, mercy, sympathy, and compassion.
On January 25, 2020, people around the world celebrated Lunar New Year, heralding new 60-year cycle composed of twelve lunar years with five elements, metal, wood, water, fire, and earth, and signifying renewal and rebirth. Without doubt, viruses around world had the same festivity. The coronaviruses or covid-19 took the advantages of the massive human migrations and spread around world in a rapid speed and a very short time. They attacked human race by a huge surprise. It wouldn’t be too long before life as we knew it was turned upside down.
The corona story has been developing rapidly around world, which amass catastrophes that seem to have converged at all aspects of our life: health, science, politics, economy, society, nation, freedom, security, religion, race, rich, poor, tolerance, intolerance and more …
As of today, November 26, 2020, there are 60,559,841 coronavirus cases and 1,423,530 death in the world. This is terrible numbers, but without efforts from all works of our society, we would have seen much more huge numbers than these.
In the human history, there were a lot of plagues, which killed millions of people. In the 14th century, the Black Death spread from East Asia to Western Europe in little more than a decade. It killed between 75 million and 200 million people – more than a quarter of the population of Eurasia.
In March 1520, a single smallpox carrier, Francisco de Eguía, landed in Mexico. By December a smallpox epidemic devastated the whole of Central America, killing estimates up to a third of its population.
The 1918 Spanish flu killed approximate 100 million in less than a year. In the century after this, humankind becomes much more vulnerable to epidemics due to a combination of growing populations and speed transportation. We all know that pandemics will come, but we don’t know that it came in such a format and take us by a big surprise.
We are grateful that humanity takes the pride to face the challenge. Humankind show our best face ever in this year of adversity.
Our first line of defender, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff of every level sacrifices their own lives to safeguard us from this deadly disease.
Pharmaceutical industry speared up their efforts to develop tools against the deadly virus. In an unimaginative speed, they created agents paving the way for us to finally win this war against the disease. As of today, there are 3 vaccines and a number of antibodies, which were approved to be effective for treatment of the illness.
The global scientific community unites to promote understanding of the virus and associated disease. The nucleotide sequences of the entire viral genome were shared within hours of completing their discovery. The community shared approaches, strategies, and raw data freely in a show of solidarity against the virus.
Many predicated that plaque like this one bring conflict, famine, or even war.
For some short period of time, there are limited availability of wet wipes, toilet paper and paper towels, which resulted from panic buying. However, this could only be designed as temporary inconveniences.
Our first line workers, such as grocery store workers and other workers in the food chain, did their best to ensure the proper supplies of all daily necessaries for all.
There were certain periods that the escalating number of covid-19 cases overwhelmed the capacity of the existing hospitals. Field hospitals were designed, built and commissioned in a record time of 12 days.
For the shortages of PPE and ventilators, cooperative efforts from government and industry allowed to materialize them in an alarming speed.
The hardships fellow citizens facing from businesses closing and jobs disappearing were real and hurtful. The negative effects on the economy have been greatly reduced by fast action. The virus threw 20 million people out of work. However, by now we’ve already brought back half of the lost jobs. We continue to adapt quickly, bringing employment and income back to more of our fellow citizens.
We will never forget Andrea Bocceli singing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Vatican and the Pope blessing the ENTIRE world.
In US, we held an election in the midst of all this. Despite the bad weather and danger of the covid-19, not only did we participate, but we broke records. Total 153,841,973 people casted their sacred votes. As a percentage, more of us showed our faith in the American system than ever before. We proved that a democratic republic, in which both sides get to settle their disputes on the ballots and in the courts, not in the streets, is something we are sincerely grateful.
We are still in the middle of the battle against the virus and have some ways to go. To defeat this pandemic and to win the war against the virus, we need to trust scientific experts, citizens need to trust public authorities, and countries need to trust each other. Over the last few years, irresponsible politicians have deliberately undermined trust in science, in public authorities and in international cooperation. As a result, we are now facing this crisis bereft of global leaders that can inspire, organize and finance a coordinated global response.
We are grateful that in US we will have brand new leadership soon. There are a lot of choice we have to make. It is great time for us to right some of the wrongs, to reconcile and reckon. This is a moment that we must meet, and all such moments determine how we look at ourselves. What type of world do we want to leave behind us? What type of world do we want our children and theirs to inherit?
Humankind had its greatest year ever in 2020. We saved more lives, with more care, more compassion, and more humanity … than we have ever done before in our history as a species.
2020 Is The Greatest Year For Humanity Ever!
11 thoughts on “2020 Is The Greatest Year For Humanity Ever”
Well, I totally disagree with the title of this article. I’d rather say 2020 has been the year humanity has learnt a greater lesson or one great lesson. The Covid-19 pandemic bought sadness to nearly all corners of the world, so I do not see how it is the greatest year for humanity ever. But if it all depends, on all you have written, then I can say it is a great year, not the greatest year.
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2020 has certainly been an interesting year, and also a very challenging year for most people. Businesses had to pivot to allow people to work from home, while many people were furloughed and also lost their jobs because of the virus. And the threat is not yet over.
The new normal seems to be people with faces hidden behind masks, limited and restrictive travel opportunities and restricted social contact. But it has also brought along new opportunities and shown us that we must stand together and respect and support one another.
The year 2020 has been the strangest year of my life, I have never experienced anything like this ever before in my 70 years on earth. it’s true we do need to listen to and trust the scientists. They are the experts in the field. It would be great if the whole world stayed home for 2 weeks, in order to defeat this virus, but the governments cannot afford for this to happen.
Hey, thank you so much for sharing such positive content and put Andrea Bocelli, I love him so much. This world has been through so many things over centuries and keeps repeating. The war keeps continuing in one or two places but doesn’t mean we have to bury ourselves in the sadness. We can do much better than being a selfish person, it’s true. Raise more humanity by starting the small action from where we live right now and become a positive example for people around us like friends and family. Thanks again.
2020 has indeed been a unique year. A year that has taught us many things and most importantly compassion and humanity. It has taught us to care for one another and to protect one another by making the right choices as simple as they may sound. It has also taught us that together we can conquer.
To me 2020 has indeed been a year of many many lessons. Thank you for opening our eyes to this so we can learn to appreciate the good things that may come out of bad situations
Going through your article thoroughly, I was able to see why you said 2020 is the greatest year for humanity ever. This is a very brilliant article you have written that has been able to establish a very concrete point backing your heading, as one would want to disagree with you before reading the content of the article.
The 2020 was a tough year for everyone, but we all have learned something. This great video of Andrea Bocelli singing Amazing Grace on the steps of the Vatican and the Pope blessing should see everyone around the world!
Thank you for sharing this with us, we all hope the 2021 will be amazing.
Indeed it was a challenging test of humanity as people helped each other as they navigated the challenges brought about by the Covid pandemic. People assisted each other starting from neighbors up to Government to Governments. We saw even the most affected counties contributing to disasters such as the blast in Beirut even if they had challenges dealing with Corona Virus. The death of Floyd also showed how humanity triumphed against evil and even led to a change of Government.
Very interesting article. As I’m not sure if I fully agree with the statement it was greatest year ever, it definitely makes me thing about all good things which happened in last 12 months. Seeing dedication and sacrifice of millions of people (doctors, nurses, teachers and many many more) not only to save lives but also to provide most important services to society I do believe there was lot of good was born from this terrible situation. And we all need to do our best to spread hope and love in 2021.
Haha thanks for the article my guy! Man, I agree. I’ve seen people all over social media say that 2020 was the worst year EVER, and I just don’t agree with them. Sure, a lot of bad things may have happened, but if you have the right perspective, it was actually a great year.