The novel coronavirus has caught the world by surprise. Its effect on our society has a tremendous impact. It has changed the way we live and the way we behave. We look for ways on how to get over this crisis the soonest time possible. But while we are still in the midst of it, we could just live one day at a time surviving. Those who find ways to navigate this and still thrive are the strongest if not the best. In the race to try to be the strongest amidst a crisis, the true character of a person comes out.
Have you thought and decided what is your character? Three Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have laboriously thought the character of a man and what makes a good man. From their writings I have deduced the following characteristics and actions:
- Understanding and acknowledging the truth
- Maintaining good fellowship with men (people), giving everyone his due and keeping faith in contracts and promises.
- Greatness and strength of a lofty and unconquered mind
- The order and measure that constitutes moderation and temperance.
With these reminders, we have the power to navigate the coronavirus crisis. The effort to navigate however may not be enough. We need to conquer this pandemic. But how to conquer this would depend on us and not the coronavirus. This reminds me of an insight once shared by Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, the first climber who reached the summit of Mt. Everest.