I don’t know about you but I’m getting to a point of serious frustration. I was very excited by all of the progress that I was seeing with how people were working together and being more considerate of each other, and now with this new virus growing and impacting lives around the globe, it’s got great potential to hurt the progress we’ve been very slowly making. My concern is that after the virus has run the course for this time, one of two things will happen: either we’ll be thrilled to go back to life as normal and get back to our regular relationships and activities, or the worse case scenario would be that we’ll see serious damage done to our cultural fabric.
As much as the issue would be one of health concerns, the bigger issue is that we’re very possibly destroying the trust we have in our fellow humans. I got to thinking about this in recent conversations with my partner and some other people about issues they were having with other family members or others in general. How these people were disrespecting them or disregarding them or not following through on conversations and requests. Having experienced this myself, it makes it very hard to want to put any extra effort out for those people in the future, which ultimately goes back to underlying trust issues, or completely destroyed trust altogether. Trust is so very easy to break and so very hard to rebuild. It only takes one or two situations before trust starts to erode, and can take dozens before any trust begins to be reestablished.
I think a lot of how this goes depends on the leadership and how well they manage things as they develop, as well as the medical and scientific community and how they are able to catch on and respond to the spread. If both of those communities respond well and are supportive and strong as we work through this virus, I think we’ll have a better chance of keeping the trust we have in our fellow humans and returning to life as normal after. If not, I dread to think about having fear as the underlying emotion when we interact with each other.
Regardless, it could be a lot of work to rebuild our world after this virus passes, and my hope is that we’re up for the challenge and not going to let it beat us down. Long after the virus passes though we’ll still have to work on our relationships and the trust or lack thereof in them. Is it an honesty issue? Is it a (simple) communication issue? Is it a fear issue? It’s so easy to hurt others and so hard to fix those relationships. I’d say it’s more important than ever to work on our relationships and our consciousness of how we are when we’re with others.