If you can go to work voluntarily, and you will be paid regardless whether you go to work or not, will you go to work in this pandemic?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 29, 2020

This is a very good question, and probably many people would hesitate or even say that in that case they wouldn’t go back to work.

I mean there are many jobs, professions where people have to perform terrible, repetitive actions, or work in hazardous conditions, in many professions there is very little positive feedback, positive reinforcement.

On the other hand working has much deeper implications than simply performing actions and getting paid for it. When we work we feel ourselves as positive, mutually contributing parts of society which is an important part of us feeling Human.

This is one of the biggest problem with unemployment, losing this sense of being useful, feeling needed, actively belonging to the “Human system”.

As we enter an unprecedented socio-economic crisis - more precisely as the virus deepened, brought forward the crisis that was around the corner anyway - millions, even billions of people will find themselves without jobs, useful contribution to society.

Thus our mutual, collective responsibility is not only to make sure that these people have their normal, natural, modern Human necessities covered, but we also have to make sure they have some mutual activities, contributions, connections with society, with other people that gives them the sense of belonging, useful, equal parts of the system.

This requires a completely new mutual responsibility, mutual guarantee system in Human society, where we replace measuring our “progress, health” with productivity, material growth (mostly based on useless, harmful, excessive production, consumption) and instead measure our progress, health by the state of our interconnections, mutual cooperation, our mental health, general well-being of the people.

It is not “enough” - it is actually wrong - to “solve” this problem with mindless “circus and bread entertainment”, or dumbing people with freely, cheaply available substances.

We need a Humane solution first by a unique, practical educational method and then completely reorganizing society making us “Human element” the most important part.

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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.