What does the pandemic show us?

Question from the Internet:

“How do you see the world situation covid19? What do you think?”

Covid has shown us a brutally honest mirror on multiple levels.

Through the quarantine it pushed us into forced rehab, reducing the usual daily intake of aimless pleasures, reducing our access to the mind-blowing “circus and bread” entertainment. Covid posed the sharp question, “what is the purpose of human life?” And it turns out that apart from this aimless consumerism, chasing reckless quantitative growth, ruthless competition, succeeding at the expense of others, we do not have any other purpose.

Moreover, the pandemic also showed what we already knew, felt, that we evolved into a mutually integrated and fully interdependent world. In such a world we have all become absolutely responsible for each other. The question in all of us should not be “if I get infected?”, but “do I infect, endanger others?”

We failed on both counts, as the only thing we want, we are waiting is to return to the ”previous normal” — which was not normal at all. And we could not care less if others get infected if humanity overcomes Covid as even the relatively mild inconvenience of using masks is considered as an attack against our individual rights.

We will need to go through very serious education, willing, proactive changes until we understand how to exist in a globally integrated and interdependent world, not to mention learning what our actual, “truly Human” purpose in life is.

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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.