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Lizada: Control

WE LIKE to think we are in control of our own lives. We believe that we can control things. I have two words for you. Corona Virus. You still think you are in control? If you are honest about it, most people are under the control of something the naked eye cannot see. People are terrified. That is why people go panic buying. They fight over toilet paper and basically become paranoid. Here is another thought for all of us. We are not in control.

Of course we may think we are but that would be our arrogance talking. We are proud that we hold our lives in our hands but nothing can be farther from the truth. We are not in control, we never have been and we never will. It is strange even insane to think that we can do whatever we want with our lives. We are not in control. Period. Only the proud and the haughty cling to that.

In these times, we are asked to accept one thing that we all have difficulty in accepting. Humility. To learn to accept that inspite of all our technology, a virus that stop us in our tracks. To accept that inspite of all that we have achieved, we have achieved nothing else really. Look at us today. We think we are sophisticated because we have advanced. Nope. At the most crucial part we are just like our cavemen descendants. We fight over toilet paper. And yet we still think we are above it all. Really? We will see when it hits the fan.

This is the time for humility. The moment to accept that a higher being is the one who is in control. God controls everything and the earlier we accept that, the easier for us to understand these moments in our lives and perhaps make some sense of what is going on in these uncertain times.

Schools are closed, work is suspended. Flights are cancelled, sporting events postponed. Mass gatherings discouraged. Towns deserted. We have gone back to our caves.Take the hint. We are not in control. At the start of the year no one would have thought we would be here now. We all made plans, booked flights and trips, thought about our work and our careers and guess what? Pfft, all gone to naught.

And still we think we can manage. The world is a terrible mess and we still think we can solve its problems. Take the hint again. We cannot. It simply is too much.

What will solve all these is divine intervention not human arrogance.


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