Without knowing about the American band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, my husband said on the first day of lockdown, “This is war.”
That’s the title of the third record of this band (December 2009). It begins with:
A warning to the peopleThe good and the evilThis is warTo the soldier, the civilianThe martyr, the victimThis is war
Tony stressed then, “During World War II, people had only one thing in mind—to escape from the enemy to survive. They hid in dug-outs or remote areas, where they would be safe. They never left the place except to look for food. They waited till the war was over before they got on with their lives outside."
Four months into the lockdown, I read the message of Uganda President KaUGCguta Museveni that seems to echo Tony’s opinion about the corona virus, but said with eloquence to uplift the spirits of the Ugandans:
(My abridged version)
“In a war situation, nobody asks anyone to stay indoors. You stay indoors by choice. If you have a basement, you hide there for as long as hostilities persist. During a war, you don't insist on your freedom. You willingly give it up in exchange for survival . . . you don't complain of hunger; you bear it and pray that you live to eat again . . . you don't argue about opening your business; you close shop and run for your life . . . you don't worry about your children not going to school . . .
“The world is currently in a state of war . . . a war without guns, bullets, human soldiers, borders, cease-fire agreements, and sacred zones. The army is without mercy . . . no milk of human kindness. It is indiscriminate, with no respect for children, women, or places of worship. This army is not interested in spoils of war. . . its only agenda is a harvest of death.
“Thankfully, this army has a weakness and it can be defeated . . . COVID-19 cannot survive physical distancing. It only thrives when you confront it . . . It is helpless when you take your destiny in your own hands by keeping them sanitized as often as possible.
“. . . Let's exercise patience . . . In no time, we shall regain our freedom, enterprise, and socializing."
Thirty Seconds to Mars ended “This is War” with the same hope: