In this world of Covid-19, people have gained the leverage of either helping the poor or take advantage of them. Some government officials use their power to enrich themselves and neglect those who need financial assistance the most. What breaks my heart is when the poor exploit the penurious so they can survive.
I’m from the Philippines and I came from a low-income household. Unfortunately, I have encountered fraudulent personages and have lived most of my younger days with opportunistic people.
With this in my heart, I prayed for a better nation, a world where people can be kind to each other despite their differences, social inequalities and different perspectives.
I’m currently living in an area in New Zealand where Covid-19 is not much of an issue, and I’m grateful to God for that. Despite being far from my country, I’ve heard several disturbing and tragic stories from home about people using the unfortunate ones to their advantage, and fraud is becoming more prominent.
Whenever I ask my friends and family at home, they usually say, “You can’t blame them. They have to survive”. Half of me believes that it’s a fact, but that doesn’t justify deception and deceit to your fellow man. I gathered my thoughts and realised that, life is indeed hard and this pandemic is sucking the life out of everyone.
How can I be kind in this Covid-19 world, or what will I tell my family – how can they live their lives peacefully and show kindness to those who need it and to themselves?
1. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Treat others how you want to be treated. It’s as simple as that. Do you want people taking advantage of you? Do you want other people to see the desperation in you that they’re willing to trick you into going into a hopeless pit? Take a deep breath and be kind to yourself. Seek help when you need it and talk to family or friends when you feel that this pandemic is taking away your life. Pray and ask for guidance and peace from the Lord every day.
2. NEVER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE’S IGNORANCE
Instead, tell them the information they need to know. Not everyone is capable of hearing the latest news. “Ignorance of the law excuses no one” only applies to lawbreakers, but it seems like those in power have been abusing this to exploit those who’re in need. Passing accurate and precise details to live in this pandemic is quite a necessity nowadays.
You don’t need to be a cabinet member or an official in the WHO to relay valuable information to others. When I was young, I didn’t know a lot of things that could’ve helped us, all I knew then was we didn’t have enough food and we have to make sure to not eat too much so we could have leftovers for dinner.
3. HAVE THE HEART TO OFFER A HELPING HAND TO ANYONE, SELFLESSLY
Don’t help others so that you can post something on your Instagram. Matthew 6:3 says, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against them, but sometimes it’s just too much.
Help because you want to, not because you want other people to know who you are in front of the camera. On the other hand, some posts on social media are meant to spread positivity and unity. Be willing to help others regardless of how significant or petty the favor. Making a change in someone’s life doesn’t require millions, people just need to have the heart to offer a helping hand minus the pride and the urge to exploit.
If only we can do what Trevor did in the movie Pay It Forward, I think the unfortunate ones who got affected by Covid-19, regardless of their social status wouldn’t suffer as much, and who knows we might have found a way how to stop this mess.