No other people – this is hell: Why the social distance is so difficult

The man is not so bad. Actually, he is even quite good. If you, dear reader, because your doubt, you can read in Rutger Bregmans book “basically good” a couple of arguments for this Thesis. Or do you just wait for the next days and weeks. Then you will notice it yourself.

You will notice that something is missing. Because Angela Merkel has appealed to us all to refrain in the near term, largely on social contacts. Virologists advise us not to go into Restaurants or Clubs or at parties. The Hashtag #StayTheFuckHome is the need of the hour.

Slowly, the responsibility should be aware of

It is important, indeed urgently necessary, that we should keep to these recommendations, in order to gain time in the fight against the novel Coronavirus. So slowly, this responsibility should be to all of us, especially to elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, aware.

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But why is it many of us still so hard to remain simply at home, alone, in peace? On the one hand, because it just can not give this peace in times of uncertainty and maybe even panic at all. But on the other hand, mainly because the people in extreme situations normally keep together, stand by each other and help each other.

“No other people”, writes author Bill McKibben in an Essay for the New Yorker, and this is hell: “The strangest thing in the Coronavirus is that we can’t help each other through it.” We can the laying on of hands, we can wash them only.

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McKibben refers to other large-scale crisis situations in the story, in which people have helped with altruistic and Pro-behavior to each other: the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake or hurricane Katrina. Of course, a is also equal to the 11. September, in mind.

The attack on the World Trade Center or the weeks and months afterwards are also a good example of how people come in dealing with the disaster and its processing together and dispersing to search for concerts or sporting events – those events that, in times of Corona has no right to exist anymore.

The importance of public persons in times of crisis

Of great importance in times of crisis, even public figures to look up to where we are, where we can follow. This can be a politician, Helmut Schmidt. in Hamburg as a mayor and a crisis Manager during the flood disaster of 1962, a legend Gerhard schröder was elected Federal Chancellor in 2002, only possible, as he demonstrated the boots at the big Elbe flood in “Leadership in rubber”.

Schmidt and Schröder took the people in these moments in the worst possible sense: to be alone. For this reinsurance, it need not necessarily politicians. Bruce Springsteen has more than once been the anecdote, as him, an unknown motorist in New Jersey a few days after 9/11 in a drive-by shouting: “Bruce, we need you now!” The rock musician, in turn, an icon of American culture, wrote in connection with “The Rising”, an Album about life in New York after the disaster.

Of course there is also the flip side of that can emanate from such authorities: George W. Bush flew as the then US President, his management of the crisis surrounding hurricane Katrina, the long-term by the ears, and the consequences of Donald trump’s handling of the Coronavirus have not yet the Slightest idea as classic examples, where people by supposed role models left in the lurch, and therefore even more isolated feel.

Moments in which you turn instead to friends, colleagues, neighbors, in which they come together and support. And so it is for many of us, difficult to handle the uncertain situation is currently more or less alone in the own four walls. But there is no Alternative, and it will remain the biggest challenge in the coming weeks and months.

Coronavirus: The price of social Isolation is high

Because the price of social Isolation is high, alone: We notice him outside of exceptional situations are becoming less frequent. McKibben refers to studies that show that in the United States, the number of young people, meeting with friends, drops since 2012 – so, since the Moment when for the first time, more than half of the Americans were in possession of Smartphones – extreme. Their avoidance of social contacts is not, as currently, from the above arranged, but self-chosen – and it is in connection with a growing number of psychological disorders.

Maybe we will arrest the end of our house, if it comes, then, at some point, therefore, to appreciate all the more, because the emergency has reminded us of what we had almost forgotten. “It’s a relief,” writes McKibben is, “if we must get back to each other.” Because we can, after all, still the best.

Sources: “The New Yorker”; “The Atlantic”

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