We live in an era, where the world has never been richer, humans have never lived so long, information has never been more accessible. We may have things better than ever and yet we face challenges that are never heard of, which are new to even the brightest minds, difficulties which can bring the entire humankind to stand still; unprecedented.
The advancements in the field of science and technology have brought us from the early days of a wood fire to the age of Artificial Intelligence, from eradicating viruses like smallpox to developing a vaccine for Ebola, from discovering wheel to space travel. Mankind is achieving things that seemed impossible yesterday. Despite all these developments, we could still be at a blink of disaster, devastating the world we live in. Whether it was the Tsunami of 2004 or the current Covid-19 crisis, all these unusual situations came as a surprise to us and brought along unique challenges.
But did we stop living? Did we stop believing? Did we stop learning? The answer is NO.
As Victor Frankl, a survivor of the holocaust has said, “Even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by doing so change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph.” The unprecedented is yet another opportunity for mankind to be more developed, to be more equipped, to be more knowledgeable and to be bold. Tomorrow we may face unforeseen circumstances again, but it would only make us stronger than we are today.
For all that is and shall be, we will not be defined by the unprecedented, but by what we did in the face of it, as we survived and evolved.