I saw it at CITC and Prime Foods yesterday, as shoppers gave each other space around the meat counter and the check-out.
I saw it around the Cook Islands News last night, as the designers and printers waited patiently for the report of the Prime Minister’s “code yellow” announcement, to lay out on the front page of today’s paper.
The virtue of tolerance is on show in our community.
But let’s not kid ourselves, it will be hard for all of us to maintain in coming days. With increasing constraints on our movements, and concerns about whether we can pay the next grocery bill, many of us will be stressed.
It will be easy to point the finger, to look for someone to blame. Politicians, health workers, travellers, foreigners … when we’re struggling, it’s easy to assume someone else is responsible for our pain.
It’s not the case. This coronavirus is bigger than any one of us, any political creed, and ethnic or religious group.
We have discussed this in our team at Cook Islands News: We must be slow to anger.
If others criticise us, let’s remember that they, too, are suffering the same stress that we are, perhaps worse.
Let us all take a deep breath before we respond in anger.
- Jonathan Milne