Right Effort to Defeat Coronavirus - Ajahn Dhammasiha
The four kinds of 'Right Effort' ('Sammā-Vāyāma', 6th factor of Noble 8Fold Path) provide useful guidance for dealing with a pandemic:
- Preventing unwholesome states from arising = We have to be proactive, even before daily new infections increase, we have to implement physical distancing, testing, contact tracing, isolation & good hygiene
- Abandoning unwholesome states that have arisen = Once daily infections reach a critical limit, one has to introduce even more stringent measures, till numbers come down
- Arouse wholesome states = We not only try to fight the virus and cure the sick, but we all have to make efforts to increase our health status, and to strengthen our natural immune system
- Develop wholesome states that are already there to the highest possible extent = Even if there are only few cases, don't become complacent - why not aiming for full elimination of virus?
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