Why can’t we cooperate during the pandemic?!
I think most people would agree that we need to cooperate. And most will even say and repeat this from the Pope to billionaires, from politicians to experts, from every person to one’s neighbor and beyond.
But when it comes to implementing this, this is when the problem comes.
We are all born with a “healthy”, egotistic, self-serving and self-justifying nature. So even when it comes to cooperating with others, we want to cooperate according to our own ideas, opinions, in a way that it would be good for ourselves.
At the moment we still view the world as something that is “out there”, disconnected from us, we only take notice, connect when it is important from our own point of view, for our own “pleasure/pain” calculations. This is nobody’s fault, this is simply how we are programmed.
Crisis situations like the pandemic need to awaken in us the sense that we are actually more interconnected than we initially thought, we are more responsible for each other than we would think, we would like. But in order to take this awakening, “hint” further, to an actual, practical level, where we actually start cooperating in the right way — for the sake of all beyond instinctive self-benefit — we need a unique, purposeful and highly practical educational method.
Only through such a method can we build the necessary mutual trust and the actual, positive emotional impressions that can help us understand what the actual level of interdependence and mutual responsibility means, and that by acting on it, rising above our instinctively individualistic, self-serving level to a mutual, collective plane we actually benefit and fare better.