“We live in a small world, and we all are affected by everything that happens everywhere. And to look at it less selfishly, we also need to be grateful for the luck of where we’re born and how we ended up where we ended up.” ~ Natalie Portman
I am old enough to remember that news from across the globe took some time. Some reached Canada, The United States from journalists embedded with the troops in Vietnam, or by phone from a journalist in an embassy in China and other countries.
Global trading was a small part of our supply chain. Now automobiles are made with three or more countries involved. It seems like only seconds for news from countries like China reaches the shores of North and South America.
Now we have several options of communicating with our friends and loved ones. There is the traditional snail mail, phone call, then email came on the scene, now with video and software like Skype everyone can do face to face chatting.
This pandemic has reminded me how interconnected we truly are to each other. Our dependence of a country on a country clear across the ocean. Financials are also interwoven, even before Wall Street rings the opening bell financiers already now if the market will be up or down because the Futures forecast.
Now with self – imposed isolating the world gets much much smaller. Countries like Italy imposing a national quarantine leaving only the markets, pharmacies, and banks opened.
It is a small world that we can feel someone else’s pain and discomfort through mediums like WordPress without every meeting face to face with that individual.
So, with this song going through my mind is how I will close this post with the lyrics to this great Disney hit!
It's a world of laughter A world of tears It's a world of hopes And a world of fears There's so much that we share That it's time we're aware It's a small world after all It's a small world after all It's a small world after all It's a small world after all It's a small, small world There is just one moon And one golden sun And a smile means Friendship to ev'ryone Though the mountains divide And the oceans are wide It's a small world after all