I asked this question in a post I published a month ago. I never would have thought that it would become so pertinent a mere four weeks later - yet it has.
I'm not sure how the current crisis will play out, but it is becoming rather evident that the world is going to experience a significant amount of pain over the next few weeks or months (at the very least).
So? How will people in the West react to this challenge?
How are you going to react to this challenge?
I'm not sure what others are doing, but I am focusing primarily on keeping the proper perspective.
I don't want to be a scaremonger, but the material world will most certainly recede in the coming weeks and months. I couldn't tell you to what extent, but I'm convinced no one will work their way through this without experiencing some degree of material loss and discomfort. Considering all the cancellations and closures, it has become practically inevitable. Which prompts a second question from that earlier post.
Will Western people be able to withstand economic disruptions, extended periods of unemployment, a possible increase in civic violence, and a meaningful decline in the overall comfort and quality of their material lives in the short term for the promise of something better, greater, and freer in the long-term?
Above all else, we must not lose perspective. Whatever happens over the coming weeks or months or beyond, we simply must not lost perspective.
We must not give into despair. We must not surrender to fear. We must not abandon ourselves to selfishness.
We must remember love. We must show courage. We must be willing to sacrifice if need be.
Will Western people gratefully sacrifice comfort and pleasure and welcome material pain in order to align their societies with Reality for spiritual gain? Or will Western people buckle under the physical disruptions and material deprivations the global elite unleash and, consequently, willingly surrender to the global agenda in an effort to regain the comforts and the pleasures they have lost?
I believe the coming weeks and months will be a period of intense learning for all of us. We have all been enrolled in a crash course - perhaps the most important crash course we could ever take.
We are meant to experience whatever is coming. It is part of our purpose and destiny. As such, good can arise from whatever we confront as long as we maintain the proper perspective.
We will be faced with many choices in the coming weeks and months.
We must pay attention and ensure we make the right ones.