[215] Hope after Corona – Humanity by Choice

Coughing became criminal, sneezing suspicious. It was the beginning of Corona. In the beginning of the unknown, racism peaked, and the monstrous-me spiked. When civilisation ends up in a storm, humanity seems to be one of the first things to be dropped off board.

Human of Humanity

Humanity does not solely refer to humans biologically speaking. Humanity refers to the characteristics and qualities that make us human; such as being able to love, and feel empathy, to be compassionate, and understanding; be creative, and rational; show mercy, and kindness, show gratitude and respect, solidarity, and collaboration.

When we are confronted with a crisis, humanity seems to be at the brick line. It seems to be either dropped off board, or to be explored and expended.

As Corona has illuminated many cracks in our system, so has it unveiled the fragility of humanity.

Stripped Humanity

José Saramago wrote it already in his book Blindness, in 1995, when humans are facing a crisis, they might lose human dignity and humanity; they might get stripped off of any layer of civilisation. Long story short: when a mysterious disease hit the allegoric city in Blind, all people but a few lost their sight, turning them into inhuman creatures.

It wasn’t different at the beginning in Times of Corona. People started stockpiling groceries, even fighting over the scarce becoming objects; while there was no reason to stockpile at all. Other people started kicking out tourists and pointing at them on the streets, for them being the carriers of the disease. It did not matter that these tourists where expats living there for many years or decades. This racism hit Chinese people in the first place, but expended to all kind of ‘alien’ people all over the world.

‘Own people first’ became the slogan, when countries closed borders and people closed their hearts, wrapped up by fear and despair.

Medical supply chains from one country to another one in need dried-up, countries and hospitals with less means were crying desperate for help; while health care workers had to put their lives at risk to save others, since they had not enough means either.

Some people even abused the virus as a weapon, threatening cops to spit on them, if they would arrest them. Domestic violence increased. A rock hit a car because the backpacker was considered a monstrous creature spreading the virus.

Our fragile layer of civilisation can be washed off easily when we feel treat.

Explored and Expanded

Yet, in Time of Corona, we were desperate in need for solidarity and collaboration, kindness and empathy, love and support, understanding and compassion, creativity and rationality, gratitude and respect, mercy and empathy. In one word: we needed those specific qualities of humanity to get us through this. In times of Corona, we could only stand together, or we would not stand at all.

Luckily this was understood by some leaders, by some people, and some individuals. While at some level humanity was kicked off board, at other levels it was taken on board, expanded and explored.

Volunteers went to hospital to assist the health care staff in need; while others stitched mouth masks when supplies dried-up. Elderly were taken more care of, while children were educated at home. People at risk received groceries from others, while people used their creativity to bridge the social isolation. Doctors costs in Australia dropped, while government support jumped.

These acts of kindness, creativity, empathy, solidarity, compassion, mercy, and love where the glue we needed to hold our societies together; to hold ourselves together. They made us hold on and go on.

Post-Corona

Today, when the curve has flattened and reversed in some countries, but is still rising in other countries, we need these qualities more than ever. We need to keep reaching one another a hand, show solidarity and empathy.

We have shown how empathic and compassionate we can be. We have shown how much love, understanding, creativity and kindness is in us; and as well how fragile these qualities are.

We don’t choose which crisis comes our way, which challenges life throws at us, but we can choose to keep our humanity, and which qualities we will use to cope with it.

 

 

This article is part of the series of Hope in Times of Corona. Read

  1. How this too shall pass
  2. how this times of self-isolation should not mean loneliness,
  3. how you can contribute to this battle, 
  4. how gratitude lights up the dark,  
  5. how united we will stand strong
  6. on the most util strategy in awake of a crisis 
  7. how I got blown of my feet as well, but caught by many caring hands, 
  8. how being calm can get us through the storm.
  9. about Love in Times of Corona
  10. how to discover your own talents 
  11. why we need stories to hold on to 
  12. how you can be creative and innovative.
  13. how to spend your mot valuable assets in times of Corona.
  14. how to listen to the sound of silence. 
  15. How breath taking Corona really is.
  16. discover the other freedoms Corona has shown us, 
  17. about the new-born freedom Corona gave us.
  18. about another way to exceed your personal bubble.
  19. about the position of nature in this entire story
  20. about nature bouncing back
  21. about the crucial choice between resilience and resistance
  22. about the game to play
  23. about star gazing in dark times
  24. About looking for Meaning
  25. About how Music Connects
  26. about what Easter and Corona have in Common
  27. About the Shark and the Turtle
  28. About the Irony of Distance
  29. Why to Hold on
  30. Fake News
  31. about The Big Unknown we live at
  32. about Feeling Alive
  33. About turning obstacles into opportunities
  34. about what the Birthday of my nephew learned me about life 
  35. About where we should go from here?
  36. About coping with incertitude
  37. About the Great War and the Great Pandemic, and we should not forget
  38. about history’s most important message, echoed by corona
  39. How one country could rule them all
  40. About how to prevent the next Green Pandemic 
  41. about how we are experiencing a new episode of our history books
  42. about when the poppy flowers
  43. about what’s in a number
  44. masks off, how a friend in need is a friend indeed
  45. What’s Next. after we flattened the curve?
  46. how will our personal story look like in a post-corona world?
  47. why we should never let a good crisis go too waste.
  48. How Spring can happen in Autumn
  49. How to unlock the lockdown
  50. Why education matters
  51. How we can give meaning to the meaningless deaths. (rethink health care)
  52. The remarkable marketability of health, or not?
  53. the remarkable rewards of health
  54. The queeste for global health care 
  55. Health Heroes
  56. Pains and Gains 
  57. Solidarity 3.0
  58. Work-Life Balance
  59. Home sweet home
  60. Real Connections
  61. Leadership 3.0
  62. gratitude 3.0
  63. Respect 3.0

Or wait until tomorrow, when I’ll shine another light on yet another positive corner of this dark times.

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