What do you want from life after the pandemic?
The COVID pandemic has given us all, throughout the world, pause for thought and a period to consider the important question:
‘What is it we truly want from life?’
Tantalising vistas have come into sharp view and opportunities for a whole new way of doing things have opened up before us.
The question is:
Are we brave enough to act?
A New Tipping Point?
While knowing that money is a myth, a construct of our own devising, I still appreciate that in our current world it is a system that we adhere to and forms the basis of our social structure (at this point in time). Yet there must be a better way to meet this requisite system and be more appreciative of the world and its inhabitants, and I don’t just mean the human ones.
How we could move forward
A few years back, I was lucky enough to catch a talk by Kate Raworth in which she explained the thinking and structure of her proposed Doughnut Economics. It made a huge heap of sense to me back then and even more so now considering our recent experiences.
Serious attention should be given to properly reviewing what our ‘needs’ or ‘must-haves’ are against what we ‘desire’ and ‘want.’ There is no reason why companies cannot continue making a profit, but they and their shareholders need to become realistic and prepared to accept lower returns. They’ll still get a return, just not on the scale they have been used to. And the need to keep increasing yearly profit ad infinitum should disappear.
State structures and their reason for being should also change. We need to be moving towards a more holistic approach where all join together to pool their knowledge and resources. Openness, understanding, and the ability to listen to and consider others should become a desired attribute of our leaders. Politics, modern tribalism, and that bewildering need to possess great power we should work on eradicating.
Thinking along these sorts of lines is different, new … and we not only need to encourage and talk about but also seek ways of implementing ideas once we get re-started.
And for those who may turn around and say, ‘it’s too big a shift to contemplate,’ remember the 100th Monkey theory (simply as a process idea).
When a shared vision leads to collaboration...
As our history has continually shown us, there is always a tipping point where the critical mass of human beings have achieved dramatic change and influence. It’s what has made us so successful as a species – our ability to collaborate when having a shared vision.
I don’t have the answers and am only at the beginning of following my chain of thoughts. However, I wonder how many similar minded people might there be out there?
I, for one, am brave enough to find out how we could make life after the pandemic better… are you?
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