No matter how bleak things are, there’s always a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Take the current Coronavirus crisis that we are dealing with.
Many small companies are suspending operations, forcing their staff to come up with innovative ways to make ends meet.
Of course, there’s going to be a long struggle for many. But I reckon we are all going to emerge stronger and better off as individuals, as a nation and as the human race.
This crisis is forcing many of us to think about things a lot more clearly and deeply; to realise just how fragile and futile everything is.
Few people realise the impact that this pandemic is going to have, not only on industry and commerce, but also on just about every facet of our lives.
For example, big corporates are going to realise that most of their staff can actually work from home, which is going to make them appreciate how unnecessary their large offices are.
Hopefully this will result in people being able to manage their time differently, allocating some more of it to valuable things like family and their passions.
Fewer people travelling to and from work will almost immediately alleviate traffic congestion and consequently air pollution.
If companies don’t have to pay so much rent for offices and parking bays, they will be able to spend that money on hiring more people, which will reduce our unemployment.
And just like that, we will have millions of office blocks all over the world, standing virtually empty and landlords out of pocket.
Not necessarily, because with a few small changes here and there, they will have solved the world’s housing problems in one swoop.
Government wouldn’t have to build hundreds of houses a year, fully aware of the fact that they will never be able to catch up with the backlog.
And this is just one possible outcome of one of the many impacts Coronavirus could have on the world.
Every single industry will be impacted one way or another. And much of those impacts could end up as a positive social change.
Perhaps this was the reset that the world needed.