Foster the People lead vocalist Mark Foster penned a powerful essay calling out the ills of Western “unchecked capitalism” worsening the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Tuesday. Released on the band’s website, the essay relays Foster’s hope that governments can work together to overcome the pandemic and concludes with a new song titled “It’s Ok to Be Human.”
“This tiny virus has effectively put its finger on the very core of our selfishness,” the indie rock singer wrote in his essay. Foster goes on to cite how "unchecked capitalism" encourages people to act in self-interest as “we’ve become gluttons in industry; destroying the planet with pollution, waste, and excess out of our hedonistic desires to accumulate wealth."
As many non-essential businesses remain closed and governments mandate stay-at-home policies, the frontman reflects on how this “pause is the only thing that can bring clarity to the manic momentum of the rat race we’ve allowed to hijack our humanity.”