The CCP Virus pandemic is sweeping through the world causing unprecedented damage and loss to various aspects of life, including health, economics, education, social interactions, and activities.

Facing such a devastating and sudden disaster, that hardly anyone was prepared for. Yet, how people cope with it depends on their mentality and attitude.

And never before have positiveness or optimism and stoicism played such a critical role in helping people make it through the current hardship.

The survey conducted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Harvard Medical School in July reads that “at least a quarter of U.S. adults is presently in a condition of high emotional distress directly attributable to the pandemic.”

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The survey listed the common stressors comprising disruption of social activities and interaction, job loss, income loss, boredom, and various worries and concerns. The protraction of the rampant pandemic causing prolonged shutdown further engraved the anxiety and strain, as the study states 55 percent of respondents said they were more stressed now than in January when the epidemic had just broken out.

It is worth noting that among the representative group of 1,500 American adults, only 1 percent claimed to be tested positive for the CCP virus, which suggests that the majority of respondents are indirectly affected.

Spiritual awakening

As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche put it, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” 

The poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates relayed that 44 percent of Americans see the crisis as a “wake up call to return to faith in God.”

The survey also showed a notable trend of spiritual awakening among non-Christians, with 21.5 percent of respondents indicating that the calamity has sparked their faith in God and spirituality. They detailed that they had started to read the Bible or listen to Bible teachings and Christian sermons online.

Another poll conducted on over 1,000 U.S. believers by the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, presented notable outcomes.

Sixty-three percent of the respondents found a hint of self-change from God in the fatal disaster.
It is noteworthy how the pandemic brought about change in spiritual awareness for those who claim to be unaffiliated with a religious organization.

Self-reflection helps one learn from his/ her past and strengthen one’s will and mind to proceed in future steps. Naturally, it would nurture his/ her positiveness that enables breaking through hardship.

Broadening one’s heart

Others chose to open their hearts and generously give hands to the people in need.

Take Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor for example. Amid the economic crisis, he provided his employees with all essential personal protective equipment and also donated his daily salary and bonus of $800,000 to help his workers. He further contributed $5 million to the employee’s emergency fund, stating that “This is that kind of time where you have to persist and think differently and take care of those that are with you and lift everyone’s spirits and march forward.”

Texas Roadhouse Pre-opening—U.S Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea, Jan 28, 2019. (Flickr:@ USAG- Humphreys)

When it comes to the reason for his deeds, he simply shared with People “I want them to transfer the love we’re showing them to other people.”

An outstanding lesson from ancient times

Pandemics have many times struck a hard blow to human society, both in the East and West. There must be numerous such inspiring stories that could uplift the mind and nurture hope for people in critical times.

Here an ancient story is a testament to how kindness could bring about miracles.

Xin Gongyi was the head of Minzhou during the Sui Dynasty (581-618) in China. When the plague fiercely broke out, taking the lives of many people, it sparked immense fear among the rest. Out of fear of getting affected, many ran away and abandoned even their loved ones leaving them unattended, which made the catastrophe even more severe.

Upon inspection, Xin decided to take hundreds of patients to his office compound and arrange for them to be taken care of. Xin maintained his daily work while he tended the patients by himself. He also dedicated all of his income for their treatment. In the end, all of the patients in his office compound were cured.

Xin later gathered the families of those patients and told them about the happenings. Impressed by the miracle, locals learned to take care of their sickened family members going forward.

The story of Xin Gongyi was included in Song Feng Suo Yi (On Epidemics by Songfeng), a book written by epidemiologist Liu Kui in the Qing Dynasty.

As stated in prophecies, humankind might go through periods of ceaseless disasters. History also manifests that catastrophe would come about when the moral decline of society surfaced. Those heroic deeds are shining examples of how kindness and consideration for others could pull people out of fear and helplessness.