What is coronavirus teaching us?

What is coronavirus teaching us?
Immersed in such a deep crisis, is it at all possible to see the coronavirus as an OPPORTUNITY? We can question our values ​​and try to get rid of false myths we are surrounded with. This article is about what we can learn from coronavirus crisis...
Chinese word CRISIS consists of two ideograms: the first means DANGER, the second means OPPORTUNITY. Most people perceive the coronavirus as a DANGER manifesting itself in its worst forms. It causes drastic behavior change, quarantine and social isolation. It creates panic, shortages and anxiety. It dramatically reduces economic activity, destroys stock markets and paves the way for recession. Schools, colleges, even kindergartens are closed. Sport events, concerts, competitions and championships are canceled. An overstretched health system is bursting at the seams. Borders are closed, traffic has stopped, airlines, cultural institutions, tourism and the entertainment industry are suffering huge losses. Concerned heads of government hold press conferences on a daily basis to portray the murky reality, offer increasingly drastic measures and increasingly restrictive solutions. Immersed in such a deep crisis, is it at all possible to see the coronavirus as an OPPORTUNITY?

First of all, we can stop and rethink. We can question our values and try to get rid of false myths we are surrounded with. We can ask ourselves whether selfishness, consumerism, alienation and confrontation are good approaches in dealing with our neighbors and our environment. We can also question personal priorities, the meaning of life, work and all our activities. We can better understand the risks of global connectivity and the complexity of all the consequences. We can better grasp the necessary balance between personal freedoms and restrictions that are imposed on us by the interest of common good. We can compare how a deep crisis is addressed by populist democracies and by authoritarian regimes and learn from the mistakes. Finally, we can draw lessons from all this by initiating faster and deeper reforms of the (global and local) political, educational, health, social and, of course, economic systems.

Apart from these abstract and philosophical gains, there are a number of concrete positive consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Reduced energy consumption will cause (short-term) positive environmental changes. The cooperation of scientists will be strengthened and the exchange of information between the East and the West will be increased. Opposition to vaccination against infectious diseases will be reduced. The trend of teleworking will accelerate. The need for openness and transparency in media and political discourse will grow and the tendency to produce "fake news" will be reduced. Sensitivity for older and more vulnerable sections of the population who are neglected and marginalized will increase. The perception of "private space" will change and the overall hygiene habits will improve.

In the meantime, while the crises and quarantines of all kinds take place, here are some tips to help you keep calm and avoid depression:

• Watch pandemic news only twice a day

• Feed on positive thoughts

• Listen to music that makes you relaxed

• Exercise, dance, meditate

• Be kind to your loved ones

• Play board games

• Communicate with your friends online

• Start a long-delayed diet

• Return to a neglected hobby

I wish you all good health and good luck!

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