Note from the Editor-in-Chief
How is 2020 going for you? This year has been teaching me so, so, so many lessons. As wild as it could get, it’s also been such an important year for all of us. And, here is our special issue: Pandemic Issue.
Our main focus has been to give a sense of courage, hope, and justice to our readers by featuring diverse individuals per issue, and we have embraced and appreciated their own unique background as they’d usually talk about upbringing, transitions, setbacks, victories, struggles, goals, and dreams in life. For this Pandemic Issue, however, we wanted to discuss two pandemics – COVID-19 and the chronic problems of racism – by featuring those who have been fighting for the sake of other people throughout all of this, and revealing the common thread that “your own happiness can never be built on the misfortune of others” (The New Human Revolution, vol. 17, p. 109).
Change starts with one person – with each individual’s heart and its fundamental transformation – and if you remain silent in the face of injustice, you are also supporting it. At this time, more than ever, it is crucial that each of us asks ourselves questions and digs deeper on what you’d like to see in society.
Do you believe in the equality and dignity of all people? What do you think is the essence of human rights? What does that mean to you? When every person is undeniably unique, what does true equality mean? Does the ability to respect and care for others have anything to do with our collective humanity? Have we lost it? Then, how could we restore it? Did we even have that to begin with? What kind of future do you envision for yourself and your loved ones? What kind of self are you trying to develop? What action can you take from this point on?
Now is the time to address them, all of them, because this is a moment in history – let’s not waste it.
Please stay well,