Frankly, I’m old enough to have learned that people don’t change, even after a great fear. But I tried to imagine (and hope) that something will change in the minds of the new generations, in all of us, in the world.
Only an external enemy, perhaps unknown, could have taught humans that they are part of a single great wonderful species, vulnerable, creative, needy, which can cultivate its need to be well only together. National differences are the result of history: a story steeped in blood and disasters to defend borders that are only abstract lines on a common planet, the only one available.
Nature, through this virus, which has upset our small certainties and comforts, has declared war on us, seems to want to put us back in our place, we have disrespected it too much.
It turns against us. It is a world war. Through the virus, nature has shown us that it knows no borders or nations. He wants us to accept living in balance with the planet, and to take care of us all, of nature, of the planet. It is the condition that places us to let us live in peace. If we don’t understand it with the good, it imposes it with the Virus. But we are an extraordinary animal species: we learn, we are aware.
The result will be a new world humanity, in solidarity, a new sort of democracy, of the right to good, of benevolence, of compassion for a vulnerability that must no longer be hidden, but which is the banner of all of us, new humans. We will be invincible if we will be aware of our vulnerability, of our need to feel good if we take care of each other (actually, we no longer will say “the other”: the others are us, we humans).
And then, after, and soon, we will have learned the lesson: we have understood that they make no sense, they are contrary to the needs of humanity, investments in military arsenals will be prohibited; if anything, the same investments will be made to protect health.
Nations will reorganize themselves and will have their reason for being transforming themselves into administrations of people’s well-being, cooperating internationally to achieve it – since the science cooperates.
The need to feel good, a need for everyone, will become a natural right, precisely because it is shared by everyone, without exception and without limits of nationality. The armies will turn into peacekeepers, supporting police work, civil protection, and city police.
Everything contradicts this need for humanity to live in peace and health will no longer make sense. Weapons of mass destruction will soon be banned first, and therefore nuclear weapons, atomic warheads, and planes that are supposed to carry them; the war industry will recycle itself to supply machinery to hospitals and homes for all, and solar panels for each roof.
We will work towards a compassionate, supportive, benevolent, truly human economy.
Peace, which begins in people’s minds, will be taught in schools where from the very young they will learn to manage negative emotions, how to resolve conflicts, how to understand the other.
In a solidarity economy, there will be no room for fear: citizenship income and similar devices will make it possible for everyone to study for life, cultivating resources hidden in everyone’s desires, distributing skills. Artists and small artisans and other categories with uncertain income will enjoy financial support to keep cultures alive.
The new humanity will teach us to love life as it is: accepting problems and solving them together, with rationality, science, reasonableness, knowledge of experts, and scholars.
The new universal indication that will be added to the Declaration of Human Rights (not surprisingly drawn up after the last great world catastrophe, the Second World War) will be: do not harm. Neither the planet, nor humans, nor nature.
A Universal Constituent will take care of implementing it in concrete, simple steps that can be carried out by everyone in every field. There is a lot to do, there is no time to waste in controversy because we have to rebuild something better.
Today’s emergency is feedback from nature that warns us in time: we can understand it and stop damaging the planet and therefore all of us.