The author is Anil Kumar Reddy, Co-founder and CEO, Donatekart.com. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the stand of this publication.
What started as a virus-induced respiratory illness in 2020 to later being labeled as a pandemic, COVID-19 continues to have a huge impact on the human race. Scan the news on television channels or read about world developments, and it is easy to conclude that we are living in divisive times. However, the 2021 Padma Awards showed us how unconditional acts of giving and being kind to others can make survival easier. The Awards saw several individuals like Tulsi Gowda and Harekala Hajabba receive recognition for their contribution to the environment, education, arts, and more. The appreciation of these everyday heroes opened our eyes to one simple fact of life—just as quickly bad behavior tends to spread, good behavior does too and turns out kindness is contagious.
COVID-19, A CATALYST FOR SPREADING KINDNESS
In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, we saw visuals of people coming out to sing in their balconies in Italy or light a Diya in their homes in India, along with setting up networks to support the elderly. We saw kindness spread all over the world and it was a lesson in humanity—amid fear, if there is community support and hope, the human race will survive the most challenging tragedies.
Globally, countries have witnessed acts of kindness that have helped them emerge through the crisis. The biggest example would be the Quad countries pledging to donate more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccines—extending a helping hand to the less-privileged, low-income countries of the world.