Covid-19: The positive use of the quarantine

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 12, 2020

We can look at the quarantine, lockdown as a unique, forced Holiday, like an unscheduled stop on the road, where we received an unprecedented opportunity to examine, rethink who we are, what we have been doing, where we have been heading and whether we want to make any changes.

Moreover, this unscheduled stop is the same for all of us all over the world. So both individually and globally, all together we can and have to entertain the above-mentioned questions.

This is actually a stop, breather, a test that is unprecedented in history. Humanity as a whole never received such a chance to think and adjust, especially with all the historic evidence we have collected through the millennia-long, recurring, vicious historic cycles we have gone through.

If we are willing to honestly look, digest our history so far, together with the present-day experiences with the use of our unique Human mind, capable of critical self-assessment, we could sharply see before and through the crisis that the direction we have been marching on so far is very wrong.

Driven by our insatiable, inherently egocentric, individualistic, subjective nature that forces us to want always more, stronger, spicier, juicier pleasures, rewards, profit for ourselves at the expense of everything and everybody regardless of the consequences, we have been rushing towards inevitable self-destruction.

Even before the pandemic, we have been in perpetual crisis, approaching our own civilization-ending explosion, while completely ignoring the signs like an alcoholic or drug addict who simply cannot stop, even when one is already terminally ill.

So the quarantine, lockdown provides a crucial pause, so we could use a special free choice we never had before due to the blind, instinctive march forward.

Do we want to remain that alcoholic, drug addict that cannot stop and inevitably dies, or we can use this forced “rehab” and reform ourselves, building a new way of life together learning the historic lesson, seeing ourselves honestly in the mirror Covid-19 showed us?!



Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.