Webster: “We have to have hope”
“From a human point of view, I hope there will be an after-coronavirus. I hope we will be able to reflect on what happened.
“Right now, it’s not the people from the stock market who are going to work. These are people paid minimum wage who work in grocery stores. They are nurses and doctors. People who have been taken for granted realize that they are the backbone of society. They are the ones who structure it and make it work. They are not the big bosses. I think that is really capitalism in the face.
“We have to review how this is all built up. For all this time, we’ve been taking it backwards. It is not the personal accumulation of earnings that makes this company successful. This is what we were led to believe. […]
“What is fascinating [with the coronavirus] is to see this global interconnectivity. We can feel globalization. The virus arrived in China and a few weeks later, it is everywhere in the world. When I look at the map updated daily by Johns Hopkins University, it fascinates me to see that even in the small Pacific islands, there are cases. These are things that would not have happened 100 years ago. It spreads everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.
It is like our system. We can no longer ignore the rest of the world. We have to think globally, we no longer have a choice. There, closing the borders, it was useful to counter the virus. But it takes global responses too. The idea of closing borders when you are not in a time of crisis is over.
“I hope it gets people thinking. But I have the impression that we are going back to business as usual and that we are not going to learn from that. It is said that history repeats itself because we did not listen the first time. It could just become a memory. […] It is certain that the crisis will leave its mark. But how much? Is it going to be more innocuous things, like not shaking hands anymore? Or are we going to question the system? Are we going to get there?
“In the fight for the environment, we put all the weight on individuals, on how they must recycle, make compost, do this and that. You never put the weight of change on big structures, big companies, governments. My fear is that the individual changes certain behaviors, but that the macro continues to plunder natural or human resources.
“But I think we have to have hope, otherwise we just give up. We don’t have to be naive either. There are changes that have taken place throughout history, so yes, we must push. We can be pessimistic and have hope. But there, for my part, I prefer to be optimistic. I prefer to see ahead and try to contribute to change. Even if I don’t trust the human race so much, there are beautiful things that happen the same. One does not prevent the other. We can be realistic, but decide to do our part and believe in the future. History shows that both are possible. ”