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Pangs of 2020 - Dilemmas to Define a New Humanity

Just halfway through this fateful year, 2020, pangs - some unprecedented, some historical, are impacting global societies and their effects will surely define a new humanity of tomorrow and beyond.

The Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 pandemic - an unprecedented health affliction upon modern humanity, still active, spreading and deadly, infecting more than 10-million people worldwide thus far, and killing upward of 500,000, has already forced major social, health and institutional changes upon humanity. The pesky pathogen will surely prompt more adaptations toward a new defined humanity per life, work, education and play.

Some historical wrongs brought to the fore this year by the police slaying of unarmed Black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (US), finally revealed the full scope of racial inequality and social injustice in jurisdictions across the globe that will demand humanity henceforth, redefine itself to a world that lives up to the principles of full human rights for all the people in spite of color, creed or national origin.

Other pangs - Climate Change, populism, isolationism, nationalism, actions of division, agitations and geo-political spats will also come to define a new humanity. Yet, whether of not these variables would augur positively, peacefully or beneficial to a new humanity, would ultimately be a decision of the many peoples and not by angry men intent on clinging to political power.

This year, 2020, is far from over. Given the current pangs, the sweltering heat of summer still beckons in the Northern Hemisphere as winter blankets the South. Hurricane season is current. The Monsoons are coming. So are considerations of other potential natural disasters and man-made creations - oil and nuclear spills as well as wars. A decisive Presidential Election awaits voters in the US. The United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) face a final Brexit. And all the other affairs, grievances and aspirations of the peoples stand to define a new humanity of the future based upon events in 2020.