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Fetalvero: Defining parameters

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WE SAY time is endless but a lost opportunity means we did not reach on time. In the new normal, space is subservient to availability; distance to accountability. What are then the parameters of time, space and distance? What could be God’s purpose in making us experience coronavirus on a global scale? Is He teaching us a lesson to appreciate the value of parameters?

Coronavirus testing is in a race against time. San Miguel Corp. (70,000 employees, more or less) is trying to conduct laboratory testing in its state-of-the-art testing facility checking 3,000 employees a day. Covid-19 testing is being done nationwide in order to contain the spread of the dreaded virus exponentially. The perfect example of the mathematical exponent is the natural feature of a nautilus shell... it seems endless.

Do we have enough time to restore our natural resources, particularly our coral reefs, especially now that our movement is so limited? Do we have enough space to refurbish our forests as real estate development is taking over our mountains?

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but since we kept sidetracking and dilly-dallying, any effort takes longer now to reach our goal. We find ourselves confronted with the limitations of medical science. And where technology is concerned, the ratio of population and connectivity is becoming a problem.

Social media has a lot of room for our reactions, comments, suggestions and endless sharing of information. But what are the parameters of trash talking when we take into consideration compassion and empathy?

“Although close and yet so far away,” a dictum that aptly describes how distant we have become from each other. Your child may be seated next to you and yet she hardly communicates with you. She is so focused on her gadget that appears to be her closest companion.

What are the parameters of space and distance vis-à-vis the need for economic recovery? But what if this results in contamination during occasions when we do not observe health protocols? Furthermore, the wearing of masks is becoming a political statement in some parts of the world but we have to be mindful of the parameters of self-destruction.

In Mongolia, residents would rather confine in the wild the wolves that they consider pests in order to preserve their sheep. Should we start shipping hard-headed individuals to Mars to preserve mankind?

The right of an individual ends where the right of another begins.


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