INDIVIDUAL & SOCIETAL CARE
Destabilizing situations often reveal our hidden, raw needs, the things we hold most important to our underlying existence. They are opportunities to look at how what we need as individuals compares with what we get from our societal structures, organizations, and governments. Globally, there are various reactions to the emergent C-19 virus and perceptions of its severity. It is still wildly unknown.
They can bring to light: How am I taking care of myself? What is it that I really need? What do I want to protect? How do I care for those most close to me? How do I treat the space around me? Other species? What does this tell me about my underlying notions of freedom? What information sources am I listening to and trusting? What resources are available to me, such as: energy, food, water, health care, transportation and waste disposal? And what will happen if those systems become stress or challenged?
Some borders are closing, fears arising, and discrimination and a sense of separation increasing.
Gifted poets, like Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago, have brought us through unimaginable, global, catastrophic scenes in The Road, Oryx & Crake, and Blindness. They set up dismal scenarios, of what may happen to society if it gives in to hysteria and fear. But fiction aside, when fears of the unknown arise, essential individual and societal vulnerabilities rise to the surface.
It acts as a call. An invitation.