What is truly important?

When I wrote the article “Everything must change” in February, I wasn’t anticipating the massive coronavirus disruption that has rapidly covered the world. In that article I wrote that “the world isn’t going to change if we don’t“, and I was so wrong. Now a virus that we can’t even see has forced the world to change. It’s very interesting to see how the world is changing and to use this as a mechanism to consider, after all is said and done, what is truly important.

what is truly important

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What has stopped?

Losing these things temporarily will not damage us.

Once the coronavirus threat became serious enough, it was interesting to see how quickly things like sporting events, commercial flights, pubs, restaurants, theatres, gyms and even working in an office have all been stopped. All of these things seem significant when they’re shut down as they disrupt our normal lives, but none of them are really, fundamentally, important – we’ll all live fine without them. Losing these things temporarily will not damage us.

What is surprising?

I assume we’re all surprised by things like the disappearance of toilet paper in the supermarkets. This was one of the first signs of our communities “every person for themselves” attitude, which really shows us that we don’t have a functioning community at all. Most people seem to be concerned purely about getting as much stuff into their house as possible, probably more than they could ever need, and not caring one bit about other peoples’ needs.

The other thing that is surprising is the number of people who try to talk down the threat of the virus and ignore government directives. Again, there’s no thought of the danger to the general community as they continue to do things that could help spread the extent of the virus. All they care about is themselves and not anybody else.

Some people may feel increased stress brought on by a sense of isolation and powerlessness. We do need to support each other, even if it’s via electronic means.

I can understand that some people find it very difficult to be peaceful and still at home. In general, when people are peaceful and still at home, it’s difficult for companies to make money from them, so our society has gradually got to the point where getting out and doing things is almost a requirement. It’s what makes the economy we’ve constructed work.

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What is emerging?

it’s amazing to see a real sense of community re-emerging

On the other hand, in the midst of this coronavirus disruption, it’s amazing to see a real sense of community re-emerging. Most neighbourhoods are now full of people working from home and there’s a growing sense of concern for the people around them. Some are checking in on the elderly and sick around them and helping them to do their shopping, etc. It’s great to see.

The community was always there, but we were conditioned to ignore it because of “the economy” and business imperatives.

It’s also emerging that people are realising that we can live more peacefully, and it doesn’t hurt. We can exercise in more simple ways. We can be creative. We can read and contemplate.

Also, some people are noticing that they have gardens that can supply food!!

What is truly important?

Now we can see that life can be simpler

Let’s take this chance to see what is truly important. Many of the things that we thought were important from our standard lives, simply just weren’t. Now we can see that life can be simpler. What is truly important is to be part of a community and to help each other out.

Now is our chance to consider what we’d like to change and what we’d like to keep, even after this coronavirus disruption has passed.

It feels like the universe has given us a moment to pause and decide which direction we’d like to take in the future. Do we want to go back to exactly how things were before? Or do we want something better? What is truly important?

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