The Italian author, naturalist, philosopher and naval commander, Pliny the Elder wrote this around 50 A.D. Pliny died in an effort to rescue a friend and his family during the explosion of Mount Vesuvius. His death is thought to be a result of his asthma and inhaling poisonous gas from the volcano. Others in his group survived.
Today is a time where people are faced with unprecedented challenges in their lives. Even after the first physician, Dr. Li Wenliang, who tried to warn people of the danger of the virus died, physicians and healthcare providers continue to risk their lives to care for the sick. They continue to die from Covid-19 in an effort to fulfil the Hippocratic oath, which they lived by to the end: I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
Dr. Wenliang was concerned about the virus because it reminded him of SARS. This knowledge helped him to recognize the danger of the new virus. In the future, our knowledge of the Covid-19 outbreak will teach us how to deal with new outbreaks and help us to prepare better. During this crisis, we are seeing an explosion of innovation for solutions to problems. This innovation will forge new relationships between siloed groups and will grow exponentially, just like Silicon Valley has helped to break through many traditional conventions.
The impossible will become possible again. Some new collaboration will solve the problems and we will move forward. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” This includes YOU! The only limitations we have, are those which we put upon ourselves. Do not sit in fear. Innovate.