It is twenty years after the millennium. Circa 2000 was a ‘normal’ year. Two decades afterwards the fake normal has been flipped.
We all thought about the BC as only a trite acronym of the Roman monk Dionysius Exiguus model in Christian chronology.
But here is the new one, BC: Before Corona. Substantially the original BC denotes years before the start of the era. That era ‘Before Corona’ is foregone, we now have myriads of normal to face in the new era after the pandemic.
The world lived with the abnormality of exceptionalism. Nobody is exceptional. No nation is perfect. Our human frailties hidden in what we call governments have been challenged.
We are all facing a Rorschach test. The master and the slave all in one voyage facing a deadly storm called, SARS-COV-19.
So as to start the new normal that faces the human race, we have to undo the past abnormal. The crux of the matter in this is what the global ‘leveller’ called the Millennium Development Goals which morphed into Sustainable Development goals.
The ides of the latter goals was to expand which generally just attended a pint of explaining the need to respect human rights. Has the world achieved this? The global deaths scaling north quantify us as failures.
I recall the first time when I heard the MDGs and SDGs goals was in my sophomore year in college. We were writing a term paper on Goal no.4 in the 2015 new Sustainable Development Goals which were achieved after a wide ‘global conversation’ with the vision of attainment in the year 2030.
The legend goes, that these goals were crafted by a group of powerful nations in the basement of UN headquarters.
To be honest the points sounded collaborative in theory but less human in practical sense. These were bullet form points made not only for the ‘weak’ states. I believe the other new normal after this pandemic is to revisit the ideas that the ‘weak’ G8 crafted for the world.
The word ‘Sustainable’ was a political correct semantic. The word ‘COLLABORATION’ only appeared as the least and weak number 17 Goal in form of loans (development) to ‘developing’ countries
The series of the Millennium and Sustainable development goals achievement was in regards to alleviating poverty. But the new normal in the world is not only poverty. This diagnosis will invent a new creed which goes like: collaboration is humanity not just for a pandemic outbreak.
It's five years down the line post-SDG’, we need to come up with some genuine global goals, void of the racial binary dubbed- developed and undeveloped countries goals’. It is inevitable that such changes will take years to reconstruct, but what we can see is equally more important than what is in front of us
This normal is permanent. Now, the trillion-dollar question remains, how will the world face its new normal after this pandemic? The Global goals will be tasked to elaborate the dichotomy of essential services and non-essential services.
The pandemic is killing people fast, especially those with underlying health issues, but it will kill slow afterwards with poverty as a new global talk. The myth of poverty been the problem of the developed world is unravelled. This pandemic should make us rewrite our prejudicial abnormalities with severe Passiontide.
We are on crisis roads. Hope and collaboration are now normal universal permanent language. All we can do, is hang on in such a storm, and hope it sets us on the shore.