Covid19 has shown how powerful it is (i.e. contagious), it does not discriminate as to who it will affect. It has been interesting and saddening to see what effect it has had internationally and here in Sweden. One thing in particular that I find interesting is the subject of morality. It is something that I feel we should take a closer look at in these times – our own morals in particular.

I was talking to my sister who lives in the U.K. the other day. She said the huge food stores are showing empty shelves because of all the hording, and that some articles probably had to be rationed. Some small grocery shops had also increased their prices lately. She told me a story of a very old woman who wanted to buy some milk, egg and bread in one of these small shops. When the shopkeeper told her what she had to pay, it turned out these articles had all of a sudden increased in price three-fold. So, the lady could not afford to pay for it. Luckily enough there was a man behind the lady who offered to pay for her groceries – a good Samaritan. In certain shops the prices for baby-items, like diapers etcetera has increased immensely. I ask myself if it is the producers who are causing these price increases or is it the shops taking advantage of the situation?

I was in a business meeting yesterday and the lady who I was talking to told me how her daughter had witnessed a woman purchasing an entire box of yeast packages at the local supermarket. When she came to the check out, she was questioned by the cashier: “Do you really need all of those for yourself?” The customer replied: “You cannot tell me what I can do!”

A man I know who are working with forestry informed me that it is a challenge for the forest industry to keep up with the supplies needed to produce toilet paper at the moment. There is a product I like to buy for time to time, it reminds me of my childhood. I looked for it in numerous stores, the shelves had been cleared. All this makes me think: What is happening to us?

“Maybe what is happening now also gives us an opportunity to look at these aspects within ourselves: What kind of person am I?

It is strange what happens to our morals when we allow panic to take over. The guidelines of everyday seem to collapse, we stop following the moral standards we say we believe in. All of a sudden it is “Me first”.

But of course, there are also those who show true compassion. I was watching an interview with a man who was part of the S:t John Ambulance brigade in his spare time. Now he had stepped out of his ordinary job to volunteer to help out full time. He, along with many others, are there on the front-line, supporting doctors and nurses taking care of patients and trying to contain the virus. There are many who have been retired and now step forward to offer their skill at a great risk of their own health. It is admirable.

I remember the stories my grandmother would tell me from the second world war, people would come together and support one another. When the bombs fell at night time some would gather in holes they had dug in their gardens, offering hardly no protection from the bombs falling from the sky. Thousands of people passed, but the theme of every story was that people came together and supported one another. As in all types of crises I presume there were also those who exploited the situation for their own purpose. Every time there is a crisis situation, those that are without a solid sense of moral quickly show their true selves. Sometimes because their fear takes over. And then we have those that step forward without thinking, to give whatever they can, to support in different ways.

Maybe what is happening now also gives us an opportunity to look at these aspects within ourselves: What kind of person am I? Am I a person who thinks about my fellow human beings or do I use sharp elbows to put myself first?

Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for all the comments you have written, it has really been enlightening for me to read them!

/Terry Evans

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