We haven’t learned the lesson from the pandemic yet
Question from the Internet:
“Do you think that the pandemic permanently ruined our lives and now social interactions with other people are meaningless and empty and repetitive, and does your area feel like a ghost town reminding you of the days we once mattered?”
The way you describe how we live seems true for many places, especially when one travels through big airports and cities that used to be buzzing and now look like ghost towns.
And I also agree that something happened to human interactions that made them emptier, angrier, and more aggressive even in places where it did not use to be like that.
But this is not the fault of the pandemic. The pandemic actually gave us the possibility and the needed “education” to improve our human relationships and cooperation, but we did not listen.
After all, we kept wanting to “return to normal”, whatever that meant.
The pandemic showed us very sharply that we evolved into a globally integrated and totally interdependent world within a fully integrated and balanced Natural system. And if the pandemic was not enough, since then, the climate change related problems, wars and all kinds of socioeconomic problems are showing us the same.
It does not matter what we think or what we want; Nature’s laws of integration are strict and unforgiving. If we want to start comprehending and then solving our mounting global problems and safeguard our continuing, collective human survival, we will need to learn from Nature how to become like single cells in a mutually integrated collective and living organism.
This is the key to a better future, and without this key, worse and worse crises and suffering await all of us.