Has the pandemic woken up Humanity?

Question from the Internet:

“How has isolation in the last 2–3 years affected humans?”

It hasn’t really affected us the way it should have.

The pandemic with its recurring quarantines and isolations was supposed to work as a forced rehabilitation for humanity.

We were supposed to think about our previous life we deem the “normal we want to return to” if it was truly normal, worth returning to. We are like alcoholics, drug users — addicted to excessive overconsumption, ruthless, real-life “hunger games”, constantly manipulating and exploiting each other, making each success, progress at the expense of others and Nature.

We were also supposed to recognize that in the globally integrated and interdependent system we evolved into only positive, sustainable, mutually responsible and mutually complementing cooperation — between individuals and nations — can secure problem-solving and collective survival.

But when we look at our present attitude, our present aspirations, the goal of future human development — continuing aimless, reckless overconsumption and survival, success while exploiting, destroying others — we can see that we learned nothing from the pandemic.

The problem is, that we exist in Nature’s strictly lawful, deterministic system, which is governed by unbreakable, iron laws. When we ignore the unchanging, unforgiving laws that sustain the general balance and homeostasis life depends on we are not facing a “human judge” that can be ignored, bypassed or bribed.

Thus as we did not learn from the pandemic we can expect deeper, harsher reminders and blows to awaken us, trying to guide us to willing, conscious adaptation to Nature’s system through integrating with each other above and against our instinctive nature and attitude.

If we are wise, we do not wait for future blows and intolerable suffering to force us to change, but we start changing, further developing and fine-tuning ourselves until we reach the optimal mutual integration Nature expects, demands from us.

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

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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.