Going back to normal. Is that what we want!

I am in lock down in the city of Bangkok. In a small apartment on the 37th floor. The good news? I have a great view, and I finally have time to write the book I always wanted to write! The book is called “Finding your Rhythm”. And the more I write, the more I realize how relevant this book is at this time. On social media, more and more people are posting the lessons they have learned from the Corona virus, and the “new normal” they would like to create. They recognize that there is more to life than work. They suddenly have time to have dinner with their family, play board games, have discussions, and just enjoy being together. 

But in the middle of all of this, there are many articles and posts on social media about people hoping and praying that we can soon go back to normal. Go back to the life we had. I am devastated. I can not understand how anyone wants to go back to what we had. In my perspective what we had was:

  • extreme inequality
  • environmental issues such as air pollution and water scarcity
  • extreme poverty
  • 25,000 people dying from hunger every day
  • many children who do not have access to education
  • global warming

And I probably could go on with this list for some time. We as a society went completely crazy. We thought we could continue this way of consuming and ignoring problems forever, but the virus has told us to slow down. Why in the world would we want to go back to that? And when I read what a lot of people are now calling the new normal… it is basically continuing what we did but working in a more digitally connected way. 

What is this new normal? I think the new normal needs to be a normal where our rhythm of life is 10 times slower than what we had before. And we probably should try to keep our ego’s 10 times quieter that what it was before. We do not have to prove ourselves to anyone. We do not need that much money. We do not need all these things we thought were so important! We just need love. Yes, I might sound like a late hippie, but that is what I think. We need love. And lots of it. Love for nature. Love for our families. Love for the people around us. Love for the world. 

Let love rule.