In recent months, global lockdown measures have taken a prominent place in everyone's life. Although these measures are now gradually beginning to loosen up, partly because the pandemic appears to be slowing down in most countries and partly out of fear of an economic breakdown, the virus is still between us.
The world is transitioning from the old to the new normal and is still trying to process information about SARS-CoV2 properties, the effects of Covid19 on individuals and society, and strategies for «the world after». Although there is still confusion in many things, it is clear that the virus does not care where the artificial borders are and which cities or countries they define. The fact that the countries that are considered advanced and developed, experience particularly strong consequence of this pandemic, clearly shows the current status of the human community, which, guided by the ego, inevitably places too much value on the illusions of separation, material security and power.
But, the trembling of the leading countries also contributes to raising awareness, making it clear that even the most powerful nations cannot solve this crisis independently of others. As a matter of fact, the further course of the pandemic cannot be controlled by the isolated efforts of any single country, but by a careful strategy that takes into account the synchronised implementation of measures at the global level.
... as the pandemic is at different stages of development in different parts of the world, when the borders are reopened, the paths for the transmission of the virus will reopen too.
This also means that it is extremely important to take careful steps when coming out of lockdown. Namely, as the pandemic is at different stages of development in different parts of the world, when the borders are reopened, the paths for the transmission of the virus will reopen too. Thus, the goal of reopening should not be to restore the fictional state prior to Corona19, but to find ways in which the global community can function despite the presence of the virus. In other words, developed strategies must match the actual situation in which the virus is still present and not the ideal situation in which the virus does not exist.
If the current situation is viewed without preconceived notions, it would be easy to see that the actions and behaviors that led to a disaster will never lead to a happy ending just because they are persistently repeated. It should be clear that a path that leads us to one place never takes us to another, no matter how long we walk.
... a path that leads us to one place never takes us to another, no matter how long we walk.
Therefore, this transition period is not only about preventing a second pandemic wave, but also about learning how to ride that wave successfully and safely, if it occurs. If we miss the opportunity to learn the right lesson from this crisis, we will fail to recognise the roots of the problems, which is why they will grow again, like the weeds that hinder our path.
But this is not as easy. Although one might think that the spread of the virus over the past months (and presently) is obvious, there are people who are still surprised that pandemics can occur in modern society, people who deny the existence of the current pandemic, and people who believe that there will be no more pandemics in the future.
This happens because, the human ego shows the ability not only to create fictitious arguments that obscure the conscious mind, but even to disprove the logic of the rational mind. For that reason, we are also witnessing various hypotheses about possible conspiracies, which are spreading along with the virus. One of those hypothesis, which would normally dissolve like smoke if rational thinking would be involved, argues that this crisis was deliberately provoked by leading authorities in order to hide existing economic, political, or regulatory weaknesses or gain on power. Although such ideas are partly due to the tendency of individuals and groups to use critical times for their own purposes, every crisis essentially shows only that what already exists, with the difference that insecurity, fear, hatred or anger often prevail at those moments.
... the life lessons are best learned when accompanied by strong emotions
But the life lessons are best learned when accompanied by strong emotions, and since the intense taste of fear and death dominates the current crisis, it also triggers these essential learning processes. However, if we ignore it, we won't see the pain still spreading like a dark cloud. We will forget that the same pain has been our close companion in the past few weeks or months. We will be deceived by the thought that tries to convince us that we are inaccessible to any threat that is far away from our home, town or country.
And, when that happens, we will be reminded of the existence of suffering and pain again, maybe not in a week or two, maybe not during this crisis, but surely soon. Because, in essence, a crisis from which no major lesson has been learned, becomes a boomerang that returns to us faster and stronger than expected.