Between a life we lived until a recent past, that is moving further away every day, and the life that we wish to live in a future that is harder to visualize every day. Between the need for isolation to avoid infection and the need for contact to accompany each other through fear. Between the first and immediate reaction to search for individual ways to take care of oneself and the subsequent understanding that it is impossible to find a way out without collective care, we are living in the transition. We are living between one thing or the other but in neither. We are living in between.
In times of coronavirus life in between becomes clearer, more defined, more definitive. And so, the consciousness of what is transitory, ungraspable, incontrollable, what we no longer have and what we do not have yet, is more demanding. It forces us to find, create, discover, invent, new compasses to navigate through a landscape with no margins to clearly mark the possible from the avoidable, the unavoidable from stubbornness, confidence from carelessness.
People with Link characteristics have learned since they were very young to navigate between two waters. First with suffering and later with curiosity, this is the precise moment to put into practice the use of the compasses that they developed along the way, until now…
In between idealization and demonization there is discernment.
Never has the conflict between what the individual needs and what society needs, between the desire for personal freedom to do what "I" think is best to take care of myself
Never like this year, due to the pandemic, have we been faced with the dichotomies “us and the others”, and even more, the conflict between I take care of Myself (and I’m selfish) or I take care of the Other (and I’m selfless).
Common sense seems to have fallen into disuse for some time now. Lockdown and pandemic exaggerated its banishment from everyday language.
Human beings calm down when they believe-feel-think that they control their environment. Foreseeing the future, knowing in advance what will happen gives us the feeling of safety that calms the physiological reactions, shared with animals, as does the perception of danger: fight, flee, freeze.
One of the most valuable lesson that the social and economic crisis caused by the pandemic is probably that the humans survive thanks to our ability to adapt to changes.
Faced with a reality that is so difficult to understand, that is constantly changing and that confronts us with threatening facts due to the speed, strength and complexity with which they are presented to us, one way to free ourselves from the unpleasant sensation of contradictions in our feelings is to dissociate.
The human being IS in society. And now, more than ever, the consciousness of the deep, inevitable, unrelenting, connection we all share, beyond the spatial and personal borders, requires us to redefine ourselves.