Can the global pandemic ever be viewed as a blessing in disguise? When the fear of high fevers, coughing, body aches, and the routine of wearing masks and disinfecting everything that is touch ends, will people generally show a kinder side?
From District residents to those in places like Pakistan, Canada, and Singapore, many feel optimistic that post-pandemic, there awaits a kinder and gentler world.
“There is little doubt in my mind that people are going to be softer, more courteous,” declared Alicia Braithwaite, who works at Staples in Northwest, D.C.
“I see that already,” she stated.
Danielle Combs, a notary who lives in Temple Hills, Maryland, is also optimistic about people’s behavior locally and around the world post-pandemic.
“Someone recently came to my office to have documents notarized,” Combs recounted.
“This individual had been there many times before but always grumpy. However, the last three or four times that person has come in, I am receiving smiles and kind talk. If you know this individual, you will understand why just that person has me optimistic.”
Across the globe, many share the sentiments expressed by Braithwaite and Combs.
“With the fact that people all around the globe have suffered a lot since last year, the pandemic acted as a catalyst for self-realization,” determined Dr. Waquas Mahmood, who works as a medical health specialist on a digital healthcare platform from Pakistan.
“Pandemic or any such hard times bring either the best in us or the worst in us. So, I believe that people will be nicer post-pandemic,” Dr. Mahmood stated.
He is not alone.
“Post pandemic, we will be nicer people, but just for some time,” cautioned Caroline Lee, the co-founder of CocoSign, a software development company based in Singapore.
“Coronavirus broke loose last year, and we have already grown to be nicer to our neighbors and the universe. The main reason behind this change of behavior is that we are forced to embrace the little that the world has left us,” Lee re- marked.
Cindy Wellstone, an expert at the Canada-based Sleep Junkie Business blog, believes the pandemic has taught everyone to empathize better with what others are going through and examine each one’s current situation with gratitude.
“This has brought a sense of community that spawned a new word called ‘care-mongering’ that is used as a hashtag for all the good things happening,” Wellstone ex- claimed.
“Common acts of care are going around the world – community pantries are sprouting to provide free grocery staples, supermarket runs for senior citizens and families unable to go out, people giving out care packages for the less privileged, and many others.”
Omid Semino, the founder and CEO of Diamond Mansion in Los Angeles concurred.
“In this upside-down COVID world, I think that despite all the tragedy, people have become nicer,” Semino opined.
“This shared experience has helped humanity to come together to save not only we and loved ones but also strangers. This inherently makes us all nicer people.”
Francisco Remolino, a licensed insolvency trustee at remolinoassociates.com, expressed some caution.
“I would like to believe that people will still be nice post-pandemic, but if altruism stops, there is a possibility that people will go back to their old annoying selves,” Remolino said.
“During the pandemic, caring for one another was fueled by feel-good, heroic, and compassionate stories. Unfortunately, even if we have the technological access to preserve them, we are affected differently by the pandemic, and the way we reflect on these experiences manifest on how we sustain our lives for the future.”
Remolino concluded that “most likely people learned more about seizing the day which may turn out to be selfish in some aspects. Overall, I keep my hopes up that people will be nicer after the pandemic.”