Making a Raised Bed by Hand

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Home alone memento mori

The social isolation in the first months of 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic forced us to acknowledge and think about the fragility of our lives. Everyday we’re confronted with rising numbers of lost lives around the globe. It seems paradoxical: Death is surprisingly shocking, although it is also the one certainty we all have in life… Thinking about it can be disturbing, depressing, paralyzing, especially when someone or a country you know or love is agonizing. My struggle not only during this period is to use the energy of memento mori in a constructive way: Since my father passed away very suddenly ten years ago, I think a lot about death, almost as much as I think about life and the possible meaning(s) I can give to them. I make it a part of my daily life because it prevents me to get numb, bored or feel (too) safe. Although we all will die, we also know that some of us could have lived with more dignity or longer, or could at least have died less painfully.

We can’t avoid dying, but we can try to live better, not only individually, but as a species. It might sound idealistic, but it’s about time that humanity starts acting as a unity, a family. In the present situation of our human family, too few people concentrate too much money and resources. The current public health crisis is teaching us valuable lessons about some of the basics on globalization: we all have a global responsibility (for instance in our patterns of consumption); there can be no functioning public health as long as only a few chosen in the world have access to it; there is no economy or market without people (or the so called “consumers”) and a healthy natural environment (the so called “nature”); democracy depends on universal basic living standards like food, housing, education, safety, mobility; culture, arts, literature are some of our highest and most important achievements; and so on.

Finding these ideas boring or too conformist or politically biased could indicate that you’re probably in a position either of unacknowledged, selfish privilege or of denial of the current situation. Many things will never be the same from now on — and that’s not necessarily bad, it depends on what we do about the changes and challenges. We are suffering from a lack of trust and hope in our leaders and our times. We might be facing a dangerous puberty of democracy or of our species as a whole. In the quietness of my self-isolation I ponder if we will always need catastrophes to learn, like a home alone, hormone-driven adolescent. How many lives, Rights and time do we still have to sacrifice for the maturity of a worldwide awareness to rise?

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