Not all Bad: sparks of hope in a global disaster

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The focus of discussion about the ethical issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has been on the great suffering to which it has given rise. However, there may be some unexpected positive outcomes that also emerge from the global disaster. The rupturing of entrenched systems and processes, the challenging of certainties that seemed beyond question, and the disruption of the assumed consensus of modernity may contribute to a rediscovery of the challenges that compose an ethical life. Elements of such a process are evident in the surge of community support and mutual caring, of spontaneous acts of joyous solidarity, of suspension of past conflicts, and exploration of new forms of reconciliation. The experiences are tentative and the outcomes uncertain, but at least for a moment the hope of a new way forward has been raised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Community
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Epidemic
  • Ethics
  • Hope
  • Microethics
  • Music
  • Pandemic
  • Power
  • Reconciliation
  • Resistance
  • Song

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