The emergence of powerful variants and the humanitarian nature of international cooperation as a Persian poet preaches 強力な変異株の出現とペルシアの詩人が説く国際協調の人道性

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The emergence of powerful variants and the humanitarian nature of international cooperation as a Persian poet preaches

A new variant of the COVID-19 identified in South Africa, the Omicron strain, has been designated by the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases as a highly concerned one.

In November, the number of people infected with the COVID-19 dropped sharply in Japan, which is unprecedented in the world. It is probably the most successful example in the world in terms of reducing the number of infected people. I went on a trip to Europe in October, and it seems that Japanese wearing a mask is the best in the world, and the order of Japanese society seems to be effective for COVID-19.

マスク姿の通勤客 / Commuters in masks in Japan

There is also a theory that the spread of coronavirus infection in Europe is due to the unvaccinated people and the far right who dislikes vaccination and wearing masks. Far-rights believe their theory is correct because of their distorted superiority complex, or the versatility that they can do anything. They believe COVID-19 is not a major illness, and they do not believe in the effectiveness of wearing masks from their own beliefs. In addition, they easily believe in conspiracy theories such as the fact that the vaccine contains a microchip and is monitored by the government, and they does not consider international cooperation to overcome the COVID-19.

Only US President Trump, Russian President Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who are considered to be “extreme right”, have failed to take effective measures against COVID-19.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on March 23, 2020, “The violence of the virus highlights the stupidity of war,” calling for an immediate cease-fire in all regions of the world. He didn’t mention the specific country name, but countries bringing about humanitarian crises by war such as Saudi Arabia intervening in Yemen and Turkey and Russia interfering with Syria should listen to the Secretary-General’s words. It seems ridiculous and unreasonable to wage war when the world is desperately advocating respect for life.

The humanitarian nature of the Persian poet in the world of COVID-19

بنی‌آدم اعضای یک دیگرند
که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوى به‌درد آورَد روزگار
دگر عضوها را نمانَد قرار
تو کز محنت دیگران بی‌غمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی

Human beings are parts of each other,
In creation are indeed of one essence.
If one part is afflicted with pain,
Other parts uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.

Translation form Wikipedia
Persian Poetry and Poetic Art, Sa’adi より

The carpet on which this poem is drawn is hung on the wall of the North Lounge Hall of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and its appeal is exactly what the international community is now looking for with the spread of the COVID-19.

If wealthy developed countries do not consider developing countries where vaccines and remedies are difficult to obtain, strong variants will emerge from developing countries and repeatedly attack developed countries. Thus, the international community has to continue to be confronted with COVID-19.  It goes without saying that there is an increasing need for international cooperation in the era of COVID-19.










Iranian Rug – gift from Iran / 国連のペルシア絨毯



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