On covid-19: why social distancing is the normal vital space

Tannourine cedars- Lebanon

Let’s assume that nature/life is trying to tell us something through the corona virus outbreak. The message would be in what we have ended up being: distant and home. Maybe nature is trying to tell us that we are too many?

We share this planet with other creatures. Instead of being a fair share, 7 billion people (the number is big) kill yearly 70 billion animals only for consumption. Each person needs yearly 10 animals to eat. It is way over the top even without touching upon used energy for slaughtery, pollution, GMO and so on. So we killed animals, where would viruses live then?

A virus is not alive; it needs a living organism to survive. With the void we created by massive animal slautery, viruses haven chosen us as their new ecosystem. On top of this, we are too many and big cities are jammed. Hence the necessity of social distancing.

Social distancing is the vital space that each creature needs in order to survive and thrive. In big cities, we learned to forget it and adapt to a new way of living. The reason why social distancing is so disturbing is due to our forgotten nature and needs. We are after all cultural beings.

7 thoughts on “On covid-19: why social distancing is the normal vital space”

  1. I’ve been practicing that for years so I’m not having any trouble.

    It’s somewhat likely we may see a change from consumerism, a shift to minimalism, and a desire for stability over consumer debt.

    Here, it’s remarkable our economy was destroyed in a week while having “the best economy in history” pumped into the attitude towards the pandemic.

    Just one disease took it all down and it’s likely it’ll never recover.

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  2. All in all, I don’t think this pandemic will change anything in depth, that is, we will not stand corrected. We’ll find a vax and then we’ll conclude that quarantines aren’t needed anymore, even though vaccination campaigns probably won’t prevent relatively high rates of yearly deaths in case the coronavirus becomes recurrent, like the flu. The flu kills between 300.000 and 650.000 people each year (10.000 in a country like France where the vax is available for free); did governements impose quarantines each year, the death toll of the flu would be far less (say 300 in France), but the economy would stand still. So the choice is made (although no one were asked their opinion about it) to sacrifice these human lives each year so the economy can go on. We’ll simply add the death toll of the covid19 (in case it too becomes periodic) to the figure, and will have business as usual.

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    1. This time the whole world stood still. The consequences will be huge on everyone. I think we will wake to a new world where usual errands need to be adjusted to a new way of living. I only hope that we will not be very paranoid. I hope I am wrong

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      1. People who will have experienced hunger and participated in food riots, like, I hear, in Lebanon but also South Italy (it is intriguing, by the way, that French media talk of “South Italy” like the right-wing Padania party, as if there were two Italies rather than one), and in lootings in the US, certainly are not likely to forget these days soon. But -perhaps because, as some social scientists would argue, I have an alienated personality- I don’t think the future will be shaped by the people themselves, unless a revolution occurs, and business interests are in the mood of keeping things like they are. Of course even business interests will have to make some adjustments, for instance in the way they brace for such so-called black swan events like covid19 in the future (black swan event theory is a brainchild of Lebanese-American economist Nassim Taleb), or in the short run to the hyperinflation that some see coming, and if things go awry, then it means collapse, and then again, revolution.

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