Back to the Middle-Ages, or forward to the Future?
Most people understand that the pandemic is going to trigger an unprecedented socio-economic crisis, which could delay our pace of development by many years.
I think we can look at this differently.
Now we have the option to catapult ourselves into the future, skipping a potentially terrible, volatile, suffering filled transitional period if we “read” the crisis properly.
If we try to return to life as it has been before the virus, we might deliver ourselves back to the Middle Ages after an inevitable complete collapse of our present system, with very likely global wars, decimating the population, destroying our assets, technical ability.
The virus didn’t destroy our present system it simply finished the job. Our unnatural, excessive, overproduction, overconsumption system was already in the brink of self-destruction, surviving on life support with pumping virtual money in it for decades. We have been ruthlessly competing with each other and nature, surviving at the expense of everybody and everything like cancer.
The virus now probably pulled the plug on this life support, but without the terrible losses, we would have gone through, if the same stop to our civilization happened as a result of the usual civilization-ending explosions.
While we are still in lockdown we can think, reevaluate our directions, values, the goals we have been chasing. We can finally recognize how Nature’s fully integral, interdependent system demands us to rearrange Human societies to become compatible with Nature and not to remain as a threatening “foreign body”.
If we accept Nature’s template and rebuild Humanity according to “natural”, mutually responsible, mutually complementing connections, cooperation above our instinctively selfish, egotistic reactions, attitude, we could catapult ourselves into an unprecedented, safe, equal, healthy, sustainable future Humanity, to a qualitatively much higher collective existence, where we could experience life above all the individual, subjective limitations of our present life.