March 2020 -July 2021
This is the time since Corona stepped into our lives.
Just 17 months measured with our conventional system of time measuring…..
Yet a lot changed for the human world.
Wanna buy a Tesla ? buy it with contactless delivery.
Wanna book the KVi hotel in Budapest? This is the first “smart”hotel to manage everything from check-in to check out with your smartphone, opening the room’s door , paying the bill , …no personnel except , lucky you , a single man at the bar. WOW!!! This is sooo exciting!! Or is it,really? No one to open the doors, no one to help us with bags or kids after a long journey, no friendly face to greet us and ask us how our journey was, no one to ask for directions, good cuisine, fun places, authentic places, bargain shops……
Wanna travel somewhere ? Get your COVID test , put a mask on your face and keep safe distance from other people..
Wanna work ? keep your pajamas and enjoy smart working from the confines of your house all the day. And don’t worry ..if you feel a bit of loneliness you can always send a message on telegram, messenger or whatsapp.
Wanna watch the latest movie? Why go to Theaters? just relax on your couch and netflix , amazon prime video , apple tv …are just a click away. Technology is mind blowing. Limitless choice…..
I don’t wanna argue about the effectiveness of these measures and their impact of the pandemia …too complex topic. But….. what I feel is a sort of technological and cultural enthusiasm in keeping people away.
We maybe can limit the diffusion of this pandemia in this way , but nobody speaks about the price we are paying ,especially, the impact on our younger generations.
Dr. Rene Spitz in 1945 did a stunning discovery. He followed 2 groups of children. One nurtured by mothers , and another in an orphanage.
These children were well monitored and kept in similar hygiene conditions . yet the group in the orphanage grew with a several lag about cognitive and motory development . Also the immune system was severely affected so that within the second year of life almost 40% died….
Living without a human contact is deadly for babies. Not just babies….for us too leaves its mark and scars.
Human contact is fundamental. We improve confidence in ourselves and we learn to trust others, we promote a cascade of hormones positive for our well being (release of oxytocin, serotonin and a decrease of cortisol ) . We have a reduced risk of depression and other psychological diseases.
What I am afraid of is to teach to our younger generations to become afraid of human contact. Put your mask , no handshake , look online congresses , no kisses on the cheeks , be afraid of any disease , wash continuously your hands…
It’s not the technology the problem , I love technology as long as I can save time for more interesting activities.
But here we are using technology in order to keep people away……
Forcing people to a CONTACTLESS life.
Living the LIE of being MODERN SMART and RESPONSIBLE doing a CONTACTLESS LIFE .
This is what I am afraid of …the transformation of an unnatural effort limited in the time in a new lifestyle .
I see everyday the contradiction in my clinical work …people sitting on the dental chair without a mask with their mouth kept wide open ,and me at anything than a safe distance, then putting their mask on immediately after ,when still in the operatory room. i ask myself “What has changed in one minute”.
I see old people scared to hug their grandchildren cause it’s dangerous as they “go to school” .
This is just a fake life….
A life of daily fear and isolation , surrounded by cold technology .
A fake life dying every single day with no purpose.
Like ROBOTS………..Modern, Smart, Efficient, Effective…….but LIFELESS
Live your life without forgetting who we are and what kind of social animals we humans are !
Who is scared die every day , who is not die just once.
The story of human kind has been full of challenges and heroes . Nelson Mandela spent several years in prison during apartheid and when he felt weak he used to read a poetry
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.