Short term selfish

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

I wonder if there’s a correlation between societies that care for the environment and low Covid numbers.

Caring for the environment is about looking after future generations and less about the short term benefits. Improvements to the environment will help out our grandchildren more than they help us. But it means sacrificing short term conveniences and investing in the future with no short term returns.

Covid is the same. Wearing a mask, staying home if you are sick, getting tested in case you are asymptomatic is more about looking after others than looking after yourself. Selfish people don’t care and don’t respect the rules to protect the vulnerable.

Selfish societies are all about the individual. Selfless societies are about something greater than the individual.

Maybe countries with Covid numbers are full of selfish people.