The end of isolation feels closer than ever, and our politicians are promising us the return to normal!
An illustration of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Photo: AP Via The Guardian
Are You Dreading a Return to ‘Normal’? You’re Not the Only One. I am too!
Be Wise and Be Against Returning to Normal
Normalcy is not something we can afford—we must actively resist it.
Out of the coronavirus crisis, a new kinder and better world must be born
The time is now to rediscover our humanity and our solidarity
The age of disconnection is over: We now need a different story, a different narrative. Gone are the days we were told, arrogantly, that there is no alternative.
What we had was not normal. What we had was abnormal, abdication of our humanity, responsibility and solidarity.
Before the pandemic began, the systems that govern our world were broken and brutal. We were cheated. We, the people, mother nature and our sacred earth, were abused and exploited to make loads of money for the few. That world was emotionally and spiritually disconnected, dehumanised, devalued. Mammon was ruling the world and humanity in decline.
Lest We Forget
We Must Not Go Back to Normal
Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalised lying, cheating, dishonesty, greed, inequality, poverty, homelessness,the rat race, exhaustion, mental illness, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate, abuse of our mother nature and our sacred earth, wars, conflicts, bloodshed everywhere...
Thus, we should not long to return to ‘Normal’.
We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new tapestry of life. One that fits all of humanity and nature.
let nature be our wisest teacher and the source of inspiration in all we do.
Coronavirus and the New Tapestry of Life
The Klimt Tree of Life tapestry – by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
The Sweetness of Being Human
‘We have all of us one human heart.’- William Wordsworth
‘We have been living in a bubble, a bubble of false comfort and denial. In the rich nations, we have begun to believe we have transcended the material world. The wealth we’ve accumulated – often at the expense of others – has shielded us from reality. Living behind screens, passing between capsules – our houses, cars, offices and shopping malls – we persuaded ourselves that contingency had retreated, that we had reached the point all civilisations seek: insulation from natural hazards.
Now the membrane has ruptured, and we find ourselves naked and outraged, as the biology we appeared to have banished storms through our lives. The temptation, when this pandemic has passed, will be to find another bubble. We cannot afford to succumb to it. From now on, we should expose our minds to the painful realities we have denied for too long.’...George Monbiot, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
The time is now to rediscover our true selves
‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’-Aristotle
More than an arrangement of atoms … a detail from Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Photo: Heritage Images/Getty Images, Via The Guardian
Unless we can reclaim our commitment to one another, we are not adhering to our humanity.
Below are my offerings on how we may build a better NORMAL and create a Better World
The age of disconnection is over: We now need a different story, a different narrative. Carpe Diem!
Illustration: Nathalie Lees/The Guardian
...And Lest We Forget
The above noted steps will not truly take effect, as long as those who we vote into high office to take actions on our behalf, are not guided by honesty, truthfulness and a passion for the common good.
This place, our country, our home, is one of contrasts, uncertainty and flux, because of a relentless drive for money and power by the few.
In response, we, the people, the citizens, must rise up and hold power to account.
Britain today and the Bankruptcy of Ideas, Vision and Values-less Education