Reflections on the Coronavirus
In this moment of difficulty, where all of us have stopped and changed our way of life, let us reflect together on what is happening and together try to seize the opportunities that derive from this situation.
Let’s enjoy our family, our children, talk on the phone with our loved ones, reflect on the sense of time that passes, we always run all year for work … now we have the opportunity to understand that time is not returned to us and that it is precious.
We want to share with you the reflections of Psychologist Francesca Morelli, to make you think about what’s going on and hoping that they are a good starting point for the future.
Enjoy the reading.
Francesca Morelli: this is what the virus is explaining to us
“I believe that the cosmos has its way of balancing things and its laws when they are turned upside down.
The moment we are experiencing, full of anomalies and paradoxes, makes you think …
At a time when the climate change caused by environmental disasters has reached worrying levels, China in the first place and many countries to follow, are forced to blockade; the economy collapses, but the pollution drops considerably. The air improves; you use the mask, but you breathe …
In a historical moment in which certain discriminatory ideologies and policies, with strong references to a petty past, are reactivating all over the world, a virus arrives that makes us experience that, in a moment, we can become the discriminated, the segregated, those stuck at the border, those who carry disease. Even if we are not to blame. Even if we are white, western and we travel in business class.
In a society based on productivity and consumption, in which we all run 14 hours a day, we do not know exactly what, without Saturdays or Sundays, without more reds than the calendar, at any moment the stop comes.
Stop at home, days and days. To deal with a time of which we have lost value, if it is not measurable in compensation, in money.
Do we still know what to do with it?
In a phase in which the growth of their children is, necessarily, often delegated to other figures and institutions, the virus closes the schools and forces them to find alternative solutions, to put moms and dads together with their children. It forces us to rebuild family.
In a dimension in which relationships, communication and sociality are played mainly in the “non-space” of the virtual, of the social network, giving us the illusion of closeness, the virus takes away the true one of closeness, the real one: that nobody touch each other, no kisses, no hugs, at a distance, in the cold of non-contact.
How much have we taken these gestures and their meaning for granted?
In a social phase in which thinking about one’s garden has become the rule, the virus sends us a clear message: the only way out is reciprocity, the sense of belonging, the community, the feeling of being part of something more great to take care of and that you can take care of us. The shared responsibility, the feeling that your fate depends not only on yours but on everyone around you. And that you depend on them.
So if we stop hunting witches, wondering who is to blame or why all this has happened, but we wonder what we can learn from this, I believe we all have a lot to think about and commit to.
Because with the cosmos and its laws, obviously, we are in deep debt.
The virus is explaining it to us, at a high price. ”
(Cit. Francesca MORELLI Psychologist)