Open letter to: ALL the leaders in the world
April 10th, 2020
Today I heard some wonderful news:
For the first time in decades the mountain tops of the Himalayas are visible again!
Wow, what a wakeup call.
Humanity is deeply suffering due to the Covid19 tragedy. We mourn many lives, tens of thousands.
People lose jobs, businesses have to close. Weddings are postponed and many of us can’t even accompany loved ones to their final resting place. The list of sufferings is very, very long.
At the same time, we see the earth taking a deep breath. Mountain tops get visible again, the nights are silent. Deer walking into our cities. We see fish swimming in cleaner water.
And, humanity is not only suffering. Humanity is also redefining what really matters. Reconnecting with core values and what moves their hearts. More often than not discovering these are the so called ‘simple’ things in life. Like a phone call to a loved one. Or spending time with our kids.
In the midst of all of this, many of us strive to go back to normal as soon as possible.
The question is, to which ‘normal’ do we want to go back to. The norm(al) of pre-Covid19? Or, do we want to also redefine what ‘normal’ is?
Leaders in the world: I urge you to collect the lessons this tragedy teaches us, even whilst it’s happening. To collect what we thought and how we felt whilst we were in the midst of the storm. To take pictures of the lessons we see unfolding in front of our eyes. To capture not only the beauty of mountain tops who were hidden for decades due to pollution, no, also capture pictures of people who couldn’t get the care they need, they deserve. To collect the stories of the naked truth, for instance how elderly people died alone and were only found after days or even weeks. How healthcare wasn’t equally available to all in need. How Covid19 did not discriminate who got infected, yet that our systems often discriminated by who got medical care.
Leaders of the world: I urge you to collect the lessons from the Covid19 tragedy whilst we’re fighting this war so we can give the future generations a world that is more at peace with itself. That is more connected to what really matters. That better understands what ‘human rights’ and ‘equality’ really means.
So we don’t fight to ‘just’ conquer an enemy, yet that we actually do find a better world at the other side of this tragedy.
Leaders of the world: Yes, this is a letter to kings and presidents, to all who were given the responsibility to lead countries.
This is also a letter to the leaders in armies and organisations. The way you lead makes a difference.
AND: this letter is written to all (young) adults in the world, because YOU ARE A LEADER!
The way you lead your family, your friends, yourself; it makes a difference.
We are ALL leaders and we are all responsible for what we learn from, and create from the tragedy that is now calling the whole world to pause and reconsider.
Thank you for reading this letter,