The way out of the crisis is now being prepared
While Quebec has entered the pandemic head on, voices are already rising to envisage the end of the crisis. This is a good thing. Seeing further than the statistics or the constraints of confinement is a great way to step back to better get through the test.
T he German psychiatrist and neurologist, Victor Frankle, had also observed that those who pass very difficult tests very often have the feeling that they still have something to do in life, a task to be accomplished. A destiny that takes shape beyond the obstacles they have to overcome.
The question remains, however, of the attitude with which we will end up with this episode. Alas, the possibility that we will leave it as we entered it is not slim. Without having taken the time, when there is no shortage, to chart a future which would demonstrate that this interruption in service was not in vain. We would make a mistake to believe that the balance sheet will wait until the situation returns to equilibrium. The way out of the crisis is being prepared now. After, it will be too late. As business resumes its course, the frenzy of catching up will erase our memory and leave in our depths the acrid taste of a bad dream and a missed opportunity while this crisis precisely imposes on us unprecedented living conditions conducive to the preparation of ‘a suite.
This is why this future, as formidable as hoped, is now taking shape in the heart of our homes. How? ‘Or’ What? Ironically by listening carefully to the government’s instructions which, by launching three watchwords – the state of emergency, the maintenance of essential activities and containment – lays the foundations for a true ecosystem of change by inviting us to take action of what really matters for a better life.
The state of emergency, for example, reshuffles the map of our priorities and places us in front of the mirror of our fabricated emergencies which keep us away from the long view and from what gives meaning to our lives. With the rise of vital survival issues, these fallacious imperatives collapse which usually overload our lives. These false emergencies which exonerate us from our cowardice, disperse and exhaust us by drying up our needs, our desires and our thirst for meaning. They collapse so that real emergencies arise, those of living well, nourished by what for each of us, becomes precious again.
Maintaining essential activities on its side has sorted out what is central and what is not. We thus see ourselves withdrawing what hitherto founded our importance: work, freedom of movement, social life, hyper-consumption. By becoming less, we are invited to be more, because when the importance disappears, only the essential remains. While our social and professional thicknesses generally keep us on the surface, we are offered a unique opportunity to deepen ourselves to introduce into our confined lives activities conducive to this entry into intimacy with our sensibilities, our emotions, our inspirations, our creativity, the only inexhaustible source of new and ambitious ideas, an invaluable material for a new restart.
Finally the confinement which puts a stop to the noise and the agitation of the world, is an opportunity to benefit from an inimitable ecosystem in which immobility and silence invite presence, this state of being which we are desperately in search and of which the success of mindfulness, for example, speaks volumes. It is from this presence and this attention to ourselves that we will take all the more care for others and that we will find real impulses of solidarity with those who will have to be helped on the ruins of our shaken economies.
By declaring survival mode, the pandemic invites us to discover life and its essentials so that the end of the crisis offers us a future other than that which guided us three weeks ago. At the bottom of our houses, let us already be the changes that we want to see in the world. The end of the crisis is now being prepared.