How Corona changed our everyday lives: A new sense of self – never higher, faster, farther – culture

Who wants to go back to the old normality? Yes, some children who more or less learned to read and count in the first grade of school with a little help learning platforms and overwhelmed parents. Students who start their third semester and have never seen the inside of the lecture hall. An elderly mother with dementia who does not understand why her son has not hugged her for a year and a half.

Or a homeworker who shares a shaky WiFi connection with the rest of her family in her makeshift bedroom while her boss doesn’t trust her. Does she really work eight hours or put her laundry off in the meantime? All these people miss the daily life of the past, the Corona. After face-to-face classes, a visit to the university and a completely normal office with a canteen.

But many have also learned to appreciate involuntary corona conditions and refuse to go back to old structures. There is still vacation, people can take a breath, recharge their batteries. The caesura is also an occasion for new reflection. After all, it’s important not to live after the virus, but to shape it with it, and then comes the realization that the old workplace will never exist again. Strangely enough, the thought is often less terrifying than reassuring.

Not only because of the better compatibility of work and family in the home office, it is almost everyday life. Commuting as a stress and cost factor has also been eliminated. The bicycle is booming, and the frequent flights of CEOs to important meetings have largely turned out to be unnecessary. Corporations save travel budgets, employees nerves at peak times. Mobile, hybrid work, holidays in beautiful Germany without low-cost airlines are booming. Corona in the good sense of the word regionalised and slowed down society. Tight schedule? No thanks.

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This raises the question of why there is a pandemic with more than four million deaths worldwide so that we no longer suppress resource scarcity. Resources of the environment and own resources of energy and soul. What have we actually done wrong before with regard to work-life balance? Why were we so inflexible? When seen in this way, the virus accelerates certain changes. In the world of work, in digitalisation, in climate protection – and in private life.

The forced break in the blockade reduced the number of meetings. When will we all see each other again? The longing that has been pressing for so long turns into an amazing experience that you don’t lose much if you don’t meet someone else every night and go on a short trip every other weekend.

who my friends really are How much does a family plagued by a pandemic or a chosen affinity actually carry, how valuable is this and that person to me? Haven’t we killed the hell of life in the past with an after-work beer, empty conversations, difficult conferences and pointless stress in our free time?

Concentration instead of fever, recognition instead of faster, higher, further

Corona promotes a new connection and commitment. concentration instead of fever small is beautiful it is a slightly different attitude to life. Sure, we are herd animals, very few feel comfortable being monads. We need each other, physical presence, direct opposite, closeness. It is also possible to meet and chat, professionally and privately. But it is not the number of meetings that counts, but their quality.

Politics can learn from this. The new ‘I’ can draw new ‘we’ and be less oriented towards the ideology of higher, faster, further progress than standards such as recognition, attention, and solidarity. It would be a good start to an era after the pandemic.

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