Let’s say it together: we were wrong.
The year 536 AD is the worst, according to CNN. And no, you can’t disagree with it. It’s what a group of scientists and historians have agreed upon after looking back in time to see which era in the history of mankind was the actual absolute savage.
That year began the string of harrowing events that have just about put mankind in hell. Starting from the Icelandic eruption that engulfed the Northern hemisphere in darkness for 18 months, to the bubonic plague that took away 50 millions lives, to more eruptions that caused total economic collapses and starvation, 2016 really had no match against that barbaric period in our history.
But we hadn’t been born during that era. So if we were to rank all the years we’ve lived through from to evil to worst, 2016 might still have a winning chance. We had Zika virus, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, the tragic Syrian conflit, deaths, more deaths, and more deaths! What a time to be alive, eh?
2020: Hold my Corona beer
Wait up! Sorry to postpone the coronation again, 2016, ’cause we got another contender on the stage. Presenting a year where only more than two months has passed by and humanity is already on the brink of collapse.
The First Waves
After US drone strikes killed Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, tensions between US and Iran sparked speculations about an impending World War III. In the same week, China confirmed the existence of Novel Coronavirus, which didn’t cause a stir at that time.
On January 12, the Taal Volcano erupted after more than four decades. The eruption covered the surrounding cities in toxic ashes, killing a total of 39 people and destroying properties.
In the last week of this terrible year opener, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with his daughter, Gianna, and nine other casualties.
Australian bushfires killed at least 33 people, an estimated one billion animals and drove some endangered species to extinction. More than 11 million hectares of bush, forest, and parks across Australia has been devastated.
The Second Wave
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by coronavirus, is now a global pandemic that has resulted in 16,591 deaths as of this writing. It has already affected 384,313 people from all over the world, and the numbers are feared to go up. It has caused total community lockdowns as desperate measures to contain the spread of the virus. Our economy is falling down, people have lost their jobs, health workers are also catching the diseases. We are actually doomed and we aren’t sure yet if there would be a light at the end of this tunnel.
We are only about to head to April, but it seems 2020 has been a decade worth of tragic events. Naive as it may sound, we just hope that this COVID-19 situation is already the big, bad boss, because we can’t afford to have any more awaiting us in the next months to come.