Finding Humanity in Humans

It has been almost a year since national governments all over the world declared the lockdown of their countries; due to the threat brought by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) disease that struck the entire world population. Social activities have been restricted ever since which made an impact on the social relations of people; and in consequence, putting everyone’s psychological health at risk. It is in the nature of living organisms to adapt to biotic and abiotic factors—and humans are not an exception. Months of isolation, lockdowns, and quarantining have paved the way for the implementation of policies in order to establish order for preemptive measures. While these adjustments of society have alleviated the symptoms of this pandemic crisis—people, as social beings, have yet to fully adopt the new set of habits and lifestyle that they have created.

At the advent of the pandemic, there was an unprecedented surge in demand for antiseptics and basic commodities that was not met by average number of supplies. It created a hysteria among people that panic-buying was the last resort in mind as each one was considering their own health and safety. Individuals failed to realize that hoarding resources is not a long-term solution to the pandemic because eventually, those will run out and it would just be another wave of impulsive decision. Rational thinking was also neglected because of the tendency of humans to be sentimental beings that we become governed by our feelings. Emotion-driven decisions will make us ill-prepared of the incoming challenges that come along with the overall health crisis. However, in these trying times, emotions per se are not entirely negative because this is where acts of humanity are rooted from. As eusocial animals, humans have altruistic behavior that allow us to have some sense of cooperative brood care which is why we show compassion to the children of others. Apart from the explanation of natural science, our values that may be influenced by beliefs or culture make us selfless. At the end of the day, living for each of our own is a personal choice, but there are a lot more experiences and circumstances to be faced in this global health situation that may shift the individualistic mindset of people to carrying out collectivism.

This dilemma of being individualistic or collectivistic can be encountered in the short stories written by Monique Gliozzi entitled “The Mask” and “PKV-20” in her latest work—Diversity. In Gliozzi’s original way of writing, she introduced the idea of the observed human behavior amid pandemic through comedic and heartwarming genres. This short story collection is the first time Monique has tried out genres beyond her original ones which are mystery and suspense. Following her well-loved psychological thriller books Foresight, Hunted, and Vestige, here is Monique giving us a glimpse of what more she has to offer in her writing career for her avid fans.

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