It is not Kung-Flu. It is Covid-19.

What we need:

is compassion, not pity,
solidarity, not sympathy,
solace, not platitudes,
empathy, not charity,
understanding, not apathy,
tenderness, not blame,
gentleness, not promises,
truth, not obfuscation,
science, not false narratives,
vaccines, not doomsday soothsayers,
medicine, not conspiracy theorising,
oxygen, not hot air,
inclusion, not omission,
togetherness, not cocoons,
humility, not hubris,

kindness, not othering.

What we need is simple:

the humaneness of human beings
embracing our shared humanity.

What we need is simple:

as the South African philosophy of uBuntu espouses:

“I am because we are”.



And what we need,
are all of us,
each other.

us all,
to lend a hand,
when any of us stumble,
when any of us fall.