We all know that smoking is harmful, yet we smoke. We all know that processed food is bad, yet we eat it. We all know that social distancing is safe yet we are ready to kiss everyone down the street.
Therefore, why are we more attached to our way of life more than to life itself in spite of all the warnings?
The answer is simple: we are cultural beings. We live and thrive in our culture which creates patterns and habits in us. Lockdown broke societal habits and left us miserable in general. Humans are not just simple beings; they are not animals whose sole aim is survival. We don’t eat to live but we live to eat and the list goes on.
Yes, our Modus Vivendi is more important than life. We don’t just survive; we live!
For the last hundred years or more, an office was a narrow room with little furnitures, apart from a desk, chairs and maybe bookshelves, where work was done. Since the pandemic broke through, the “office” became the computer.
Work per se changed its rules. It has been stretched through longer hours, in front of a screen; a computer placed anywhere but in a conventional office.
The new normal forced people to live differently. Some liked it some didn’t. Some looked forward to go back to the office, others dreaded that moment. Lockdowns may come back again with the rise of corona cases. Will we wear the mask for few years ahead?
The striking point in all this is the unnatural life humanly speaking due to social or physical distancing. Humans are political and social animals by nature said Aristotle. This sentence has never been more accurate than these days.
Therefore, is it the end of the office? Is it the end of work and social life as we have known it?
Originally posted on A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life:
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It is understandable that, in shaky situations, one would like to stick to a routine, any routine, for the sense of security and survival. This is why social media is full of videos, podcasts and posts on routines and practices and this tendency skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic.
However is it beneficial?
Neurologists explain that the brain functions in patterns. Once an activity becomes regular, the brain takes it as a pattern and forces the person to do it regularly. Hence the feeling of guilt or confusion in missing the regular habit.
Does it mean that we all must be doing yoga, meditation, daily workouts, journaling, drinking lemon water every morning etc.?
Although the above-mentioned practices are beneficial and recommended, it doesn’t mean every person should be doing them. Maybe one hates journaling, must they force themselves to do it? Maybe one feels uncomfortable with yoga or something else, should they do it in spite of it all?
The answer is no. A routine is a personal (sometimes collective) chosen activity for security, pleasure, health etc. or for any enhancement that leads to a better survival.
The problem when something so private becomes a mainstream on social media, it is highly misunderstood or unproperly applied.
P.S: Starting the 1st of July and for every Saturday of the month, I will publish free philosophy teaching documents. You can find them on my main blog page in “Portfolio”.
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