May 14, 2020
Time and again we have been told that the only thing constant in our life is change itself. Over the past few weeks, we have seen life, as we knew it, completely change. This lockdown taught us a great many things about ourselves, and our lifestyle. Not only did we notice changes in ourselves, we also noticed our opinions about doctors, healthcare workers, and even corporation workers, change substantially.
Two faculties from the PSG Institute of Management in Coimbatore set out to capture the changes in lifestyle and thought processes, coping strategies that people adapted, benefits that people took away and issues they faced during this pandemic.
Through a meticulously designed survey, they collected information on various lifestyle dimensions from approximately 250 people from different strata of the society.
Each person was also asked to write 3 words that came to their mind about healthcare professionals and scavengers. The responses were constructed as word clouds.
Apart from the elaborate findings from the study that are to be published, Dr. Mansurali and Dr. Deepa found that there is a newfound respect for those responsible for keeping our localities clean and hygienic.
Earlier, few of us looked at the people who maintain cleanliness in our localities with mild contempt, even criticizing that they were not working to the best of their abilities.
We had never equated them to Gods, Warriors and Saviors and had also taken their services for granted. We had undermined their importance in our society.
However, it is evident from the survey that the past few days have proved their presence as gargantuan. While Doctors were always looked upon as saviors, the pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in the opinions of people towards scavengers.
The scavengers were also seen as Gods, Warriors and Saviors. It is this paradigm shift that we need to focus on and sustain.