What the COVID-19 crisis reveals (3/5)

Ready to face other silent transformations? In this post, we will explore them from the point of view of our health.

So far, I suppose nothing appeared so glorious to you. But if there is the need to confront our reality, it is best to do it today, putting us in a state of delivering the Dream before the holidays. Once we understand well the problems, it is much easier to find the right actions.

Still, too much “I”, too little “We”

Despite a global crisis, which can only be tackled with a “M/WE” mindset, the collective is not yet the norm. The problem with the lack of strong arguments for unity is that individual competitive dreams continue to emerge. Many of us live in a mode where domination reigns, instead of embracing partnership behaviours. In this dream of prosperity, the “I” seems more important than the “we”. And, most of us seem to have lost sight of a common destiny for growth.

As a logical consequence, the sense of belonging fades. Some of us dissociate by exhaustion when others lead their own agendas or delegate their power to others. We also form most communities on the very idea of rejection to or by another group. In the end, unfortunately, it seems still hard to form an inclusive community, allowing for divergent viewpoints and healthy conflicts.

Behind these issues, there is a difficulty to feel comfortable with ourselves and with others. And more than anything, this is a health issue. We now have enough scientific evidence that proves, that behind this “I & Them” mindset is a lack of compassionate brain. I covered some other findings in my speech on Belonging, for a past Together-Ensemble session, which you can read here.

Highly social, even behind screens and masks

In this crisis, the importance of our social life has never been more noticeable. We could observe the beauty of humankind, in actions of spontaneous solidarity. The COVID crisis unveiled the power of individuals to reach beyond boundaries. And this made it possible to propose innovative solutions to increase our resilience. As said in a previous post, most of our society is waking up, thanks to this COVID-19 crisis.

But we should never forget those who struggle more. And, we could see with the mental health crisis, that there is a responsibility of doing, and not doing. While institutions and policies have shown a more humane and caring approach, it is in countries led by women leaders that the impact on the crisis has been felt least.

“Women leaders adopted a softer approach, with a more collaborative and caring attitude. They mobilised energies behind the scenes to solve complex problems, making the most of the power of side-chats. This increased the potential for more informed decisions, followership and trust.” Shada Islam, in Together-Ensemble “Could the EU be the new global leader?”, June 2020. 

The immunity crisis

The immune system protects against viruses and diseases. Thanks to a good immune system, people create natural antibodies against COVID-19. Therefore, this health crisis acted as a wake-up call to heal our physical and mental health. In principle, with good immunity, we would not even need vaccines. So, as a priority, this crisis shows that we have to better inform citizens on the solutions to increase their immunity. It would be a powerful way to really and durably strengthen their immune system.

There is also a need to address the spiralling “infodemic”, a call coming from the World Health Organization. This would imply that all health guidelines be based on independent scientific evidence.

To be continued... In the meantime, I invite you to learn more on “Poor metabolic health is at the root of many conditions”, in this video with Dr Aseem Malhotra, from September 2020.

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s