There is much debate, though not in the mainstream media, about whether the severity of the Covid 19 coronavirus is sufficient to justify the current global lockdown with the disastrous effect that will have on the economy. Are the death rates so bad, or could they potentially be so bad, that we should cripple ourselves for what might be the foreseeable future?
I have come to believe that this is irrelevant. The coronavirus is not important. Whether it is just a bad flu or something more serious is really just a secondary issue. What is important is our reaction to it on a spiritual level. The fact is that we, the collective we, have no real spiritual beliefs at all and that applies to us whether we are the typical modern agnostic or the conventional religious believer or the 'spiritual' New Age type (or whatever the current version of that is). We all react to this crisis on a purely materialistic level, thinking only of the safety of our bodies. That is why we are so easily persuaded that protection, of ourselves and our healthcare systems, is paramount and everything else must be subordinated to that. It is why we willingly hand ourselves over to state supervision.
But what about our souls? Where do these come in? When we react in the way we have we are basically saying that the soul, even if it exists, is a side issue. We don't look beneath the surface to see what the spiritual meaning or effect might be of the current situation. In fact, any that do are regarded as bad people who have no concern for their fellow human beings because they are focussing on irrelevancies at a time of unprecedented national crisis. Spirituality is all very well as a harmless indulgence when everything is good, a sort of light entertainment really, but God forbid it actually means something, let alone the main thing.
The coronavirus can be viewed as a kind of stalking horse, intended to test humanity's response to a physical threat and see how much it is willing to give up to be protected from that. It is also a means to drive any real spirituality to the extreme edge of society, making it the concern of mad or even bad people who don't care about the health and well-being of others. Wicked fanatics. It is surely a sign of things to come. Spirituality, true religion, will only be allowed if it doesn't mean anything.
Note: When I say the coronavirus is irrelevant, that is precisely what I mean. I'm not saying it is not a real thing which does real harm but it is principally a front for a deeper purpose which is control of the soul for those who are willing to give that up. It's a test of priorities.