The COVID-19 crisis has magnified for me something that I’ve known for a long time (and posted about before): we depend on each other.
It’s very easy to lose sight of this, particularly in a competitive world, one where “freedom” (as in “freedom from restraints”) is the ultimate value, and one where we are encouraged to think that the best person is the one who can do everything for him- or herself.
But think about it. In the COVID-19 crisis, the people who care about others enough to accept limits are responsible for the areas where damping-down-the-curve is happening. The people who care most about their “right” to go where they want and do what they want whenever they want are contributing to an early – and huge – “second wave”.
So how does that apply to normal life? (Assuming we ever get to experience “normal” life again…) If you have a business, you depend upon your customers to keep coming back and helping your business survive (and now, you also depend on government emergency measures to tide you over when your business is forced to shut down). You depend upon suppliers and support businesses (like bookkeepers) to provide what you can’t provide yourself for your business. As an everyday person, you depend upon stores to provide what you need, when you need it, at a price you can afford. You depend on transportation companies to get goods to your part of the world from other parts of the world. You depend on emergency workers in an emergency, on medical personnel in a medical crisis, on garbage companies to remove your refuse.
And you depend on all of this complicated infrastructure of workers and suppliers to do their jobs properly and honestly – and to sacrifice themselves when the situation calls for it. And they depend on you.
The “independent soul” who doesn’t need anyone else is a myth.
I’ll say it again: we need each other.