COVID-19 has made it a usual practice to see the statistics about the number of infections, successful treatments, and the loss of lives across the world. The monstrous virus has made the life miserable through unavoidable lockdown happening around. After the WHO proclaims the COVID19 as a pandemic, the citizens of every nation are scared as evident from their obedience to the Dos and Don’ts for it. People of every age are most humbly ready to adapt all possible measures to get immunity from this virus infection. Maintaining physical distance with each other, regular washing of hands, frequent sanitization, careful sneezing, no spitting, etc. along with restricted practicing of rituals and beliefs are prevalent to minimize the devastation.
The scientific community across the globe is toiling incessantly to evolve medication and protocols to confront the novel virus. The availability of the vaccine to get immunity to the viral infection is desperately awaited.
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“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”Martin Luther King
Introspection of the completelayy modified lifestyle shows that the analytical capability of human beings has coerced for it. The science behind the requirements of adapting different practices has been predominant and the whole world is fighting COVID19 with the available scientific knowledge. The tenets and beliefs have taken a backseat because life is precious for everyone. Everyone around is simply adhering to the instructions and advisories coming from the scientific community.
Sparingly, one finds the unscientific philosophy to get rid of COVID-19, and everything of such sort is being checked by the governance. The public at large has also become cautious enough, and the unscientific methods to get rid of the pandemic are not propagated. The community at large trying to analyze what to do and why for avoiding viral infection is noteworthy, especially in the communities which are burdened with domineering beliefs and practices.
“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!”Martin Luther King
Society’s awakening for reasoning in greater proportion symbolizes the strengthening of the scientific temper. The intentions of having scientific temperament in the younger population have been corroborated by the fact that the menace of COVID19 can only be countered through science-based initiatives and not by any belief or ritual.
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Let us hope the society no longer remains in the unscientific traps and vigorously canvasses for the inculcation of scientific temper in every human being to accomplish the UN’s mandate of sustainable development. The nations with a predominantly younger population have better prospects of becoming scientific societies believing in sustainability.
What is needed is the scientific approach, the adventurous and yet critical temper of science, the search for truth and new knowledge, the refusal to accept anything without testing and trial, the capacity to change previous conclusions in the face of new evidence, the reliance on observed fact and not on pre-conceived theory, the hard discipline of the mind—all this is necessary, not merely for the application of science but for life itself and the solution of its many problems. – Jawaharlal NehruFrom the Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
By Editorial team, The Rise.co.in