COVID-19 and the fragility of mankind
Only three months ago the world was a different place. All of us thought we had planned our lives well. Everyone was pretty well certain about the future. Mankind was convinced that it has now mastered its destiny of perpetual consumption and unhindered material progress. Then came COVID-19. All the material and technological advances of mankind came to an abrupt standstill. A virus brought the whole of humanity to its knees.
What is a virus? Viruses are the smallest of all the microbes. They are said to be so small that 500 million rhinoviruses (which cause the common cold) could fit on to the head of a pin. They are unique because they are only alive and able to multiply inside the cells of other living beings.
A virus is made up of a core of genetic material, either DNA or RNA. In other words, a virus can be labeled as the smallest living organism that we know of.
A virus is made up of a core of genetic material, either DNA or RNA. In other words, a virus can be labeled as the smallest living organism. But is that the end? Probably not. Creatures smaller still may yet be awaiting discovery: و یخلق ما لا تعلمون (and He creates things of which you have no knowledge).
Will the world be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic is over? No! The whole concept of society, socialization, work, business, travel, economy, warfare, and global politics will be transformed beyond recognition once COVID-19 is gone. A new world order is shaping up. But it is not being shaped by man. The new world order is being shaped by forces beyond man's reach and capacity; لا یَعْلَمُ جُنُوْدَ رَبِّکَ الَّا ھُوَ ==> "No one knows your Lord's armies except Him" [Surah al Muddathir; Verse 31]
All our armies, nuclear bombs, and chemical warheads have been virtually paralyzed by a sub-microscopic creature that cannot even have an existence of its own:
ظہر الفساد فی البر و البحر بما کسبت ایدی الناس ' لیذیقھم بعض الذی عملوا ' لعلھم یرجعون = "Chaos and corruption have erupted on land and sea through the work of human hands; it is to let him taste some of the fruit of his own deeds. Perchance they may learn to turn around".