Dropping the Veil of Society
For the first time the modern world has shut down. Like the coyote from the Road Runner cartoon, we are still running, but now in thin air. The veil of society has been removed and we find what behind is lacking.
Globally, everyone has become interconnected. We all have, use and consume items from almost every corner of the planet. The economic model has been exposed. Most of the wealth is owned by very few. The harsh reality for many is that we are one or two pay cheques from poverty.
Let alone what we as a species are doing to the planet.
What is the aim of society?
Do most of us work to help the elite gain more power and money? A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye to a client, we have been friends for 5 years. His widow says, “like two peas in a pod.” He died at home with his lifelong partner beside him. Almost 10 years ago I said goodbye to my father. To lead a good life and to die with those who care around us is all we can ask for.
What is happening now?
Typically, there has been mass stupidity at all levels. Governments not doing enough or acting fast enough. Selfish arseholes panic buying. Those same muppets not understanding that social distancing now has to be the norm. If we don’t, those overworked people of the medical and emergency services will become overwhelmed. The most vulnerable in society will be hit the hardest.
Other countries are facing total shutdown. At the moment, the UK has only partially done so, yet soon like Spain and other parts of the world we will only be allowed out for essential journeys. I expect shortly after we will face rationing of everything including fuel. To get through this we need to start pulling together. Every time we go to the shop, we need to ask if really need to do so.
What will happen?
The disruption has only just started, things will get far worse before they get better. Yet now is the time to start asking questions. Do we want to return to the old way? Thankfully we can communicate with almost anyone else around the world thanks to the internet and mobile phones. It will have to get really bad before those in power shut down our access. I doubt any western government will risk doing so.
What can we do?
First, heed medical advice. Second, look after those closest to us, our families and our communities. We need to skill share for the good of all. Working locally, but thinking globally.
Third, we really need to have a worldwide discussion. All of us have the power to change to the future. Now is the time to set aside the differences and see the similarities. Instead of distracting ourselves, or posting memes of cats, let’s have a proper farsighted discussion.
In the words of John Lennon, lets imagine.
The world after the coronavirus is up to us.
My name is Alex Small, 48, I live in Cornwall by myself. Read for BA in English with Creative Writing and an MA in Professional writing later in life with Falmouth University. Better known online as The Naked Writer, or the Classicaraddict. A dear friend who once was a New York journalist, christened me an Honorary New York wise arse, it should be ass, but I’m British.