Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Day 14 of Isolation has tested the best and worst parts of our psychology and will continue to do so for the coming months, second guessing every decision we make and the impact that the stress will create is nerve racking, even the idea of leaving the house is now a romantic one.
Today I left the house to go to the Supermarket and seen a lady push in the line in front of a woman with two kids directly behind me. Here in Switzerland its mandatory to have a 2 meter distance between each person while shopping or in line, and the line went at least 9 or more people back behind me. Both women were at least in there late 40's. As I looked up and heard the commotion, most of it I did not understand (they were speaking swiss german) the lady with the kids seemed to be so angered she decided to attack the woman who pushed in by grabbing her hair the other woman then shoved her. Both teenage kids got fired up before the shop teller started shouting... This was the first time I had seen any public display of aggression since living in Switzerland. If you know this country its a totally conservative state of reality, at least on the surface, people are exceptionally well mannered and graceful. I was shocked trying to shove the items I bought into my bag and rush to get the hell out of there... As I walked home I asked myself... what the fuck is happening to people?
A couple days ago I was informed along with my partner that we were aloud to go hiking, but we had to adhere to strict government standards, and for that reason we decided to visit the French part of Switzerland ensuring social distance with any strangers, it wasn't a decision we considered lightly, considering all the pros and cons, what may or may not happen in case of Covoid-19 dangers or accidents that may or may not occur during our hike or the drive getting to and from there.
If you aren't aware Switzerland is in the thick of the pandemic, stats exceeding most countries globally along with Italy and now the States.
Sitting idol at home consuming way too much food, biding time re-imagining how to utilize my day within the constraints of my home, I'm realizing my partner who I love but seemingly we are getting on each others nerves. He lives and breathes being a director in business and basically looking after and managing people is his nature, but he does not seem to understand, that trying to control me out of his own boredom will never ever serve him well... because as we know or even if you don't, I'm a pretty forth right person on my own accord, and for that simple fact anyone who has had pleasure of telling me what to do rudely, will never serve them well.
As we were hiking it dawned on me that billions of people are really being tested. Quarantine means that some people are completely alone, no access to wifi, broken TVs, no electricity, debt collectors sending mail, people loosing jobs, loosing businesses, loosing money, some are with families living in small spaces, relationships have broken up, and those of us who are lucky, this crisis will bond our connections even closer.
When I first thought about the division of wealth among our society and the level of comfort money can provide, there is something now more true than any one of us could have realized before. Covoid- 19 doesn't give a fuck who you are or what you have.
In our home we are only two people in a pretty sizable space, so we have the advantage to go in our own bubble, sun bathing on the deck, gardening, choosing a bed to sleep in or an armchair to read a book, if we choose. But imagine for some the close proximity and endless hours of being with loved ones, family, kids, home office, is really testing the mental health of the human collective.
And for reason I am writing this.
As we watch the statistics and try to comprehend what this lock down actually achieves, reading propaganda about limiting the spread, trusting individual country government directives or thinking about the economical foreclosure of a reality that is unprecedented in our generation. If anything we may have considered global warming to be the plight of our human existence, now its something totally random and far left field from where our attention was.
For now, we are waking up and realizing a new normal and trying to re define what that normal is. We are understanding slowly that things are not what they always seem, humans are fragile creatures, we don't have all the answers, and there is always a bigger picture to consider and its time to keep all our eyes wide open and our minds open even wider, life ultimately has no rules or guarantees apart from the fact we will all die eventually, but when? we don't know. So therefore the only other rules are the ones you choose to live by.
Some are asking what is the real reason behind making people lock themselves in their home... or perhaps China has a hidden agenda... or that the new world order is about to emerge... and however crazy or ridiculous a conspiracy theory is, everything seems like it could all be a possibility, its not as if we imagined ourselves being fearful of leaving our own homes and conserving the amount of toilet paper we use.
As I hiked up into Creux du Van I meditated upon this and I wanted to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us.
This disease treats us all equally, perhaps its time we should too. Humans have created false borders that we have put up and accepted, now they have little value as this virus does not need a passport. whilst reminding us of the billions whom live in oppression each day. whose dreams will never be realized because they will never be aloud to be more than anything than what someone else tells them to do.
Our society is overly materialistic, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we unnecessarily give value to.
We are shown the value and the issues in our family / home life and how we have neglected this.
It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
The power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
This can either be an end or a new beginning. A time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
The Earth is sick and we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
Corona/ Covid-19 virus is a great disaster, but it is also a great corrector, but it depends on each and every one of us and how we choose to control what we can... ourselves.
This is a New World so give yourself time and space to really process your conscious and unconscious thoughts. I know going hiking will not be an option for most globally, but even in your own mind its time to really understand who you are and who you choose to become during and after the pandemic.
PS... Corona doesn't give you diarrhea... so stop with the toilet paper consumption and save trees and wash your bum, it's more hygienic anyway.