After weeks of bleak and gloomy forecasts, let’s start the second half of this year by looking ahead at the light at the end of the tunnel, the beacon of hope, the lighthouse which will guide us out of the storm.
The past few weeks have all been a shade of grey, each one darker than the other. But you can’t make grey without a tint of white. This week, we attempt to find those white spots on the world’s canvas. Coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic was the explosion of altruism and cooperation around the world. From small acts like people singing for each other from their balconies, to neighbours delivering groceries for elderly, to volunteers risking their lives to feed migrants — yes, there have been flashes of hope even in this bitter time.
As ever the digital world is also not bereft of these examples of courage and compassion. In the past few months, Indian entrepreneurs have taken time out to advise early-stage startups and opened up their DMs for founders struggling with mental health issues. A five-year-old started a podcast to ease fears, while free fitness and yoga lessons on Zoom kept many fit and alert even as the world outside crumbled. Broadway performers threw an online dance party and musicians posted songs of comfort to ease people’s anxiety in these times, as social media briefly became a place for positivity too.