Before Corona, in another lifetime, Americans lived a life of collective malaise. Whether you realized it or not, our way of life was subverting your true, genuine happiness.
Our leaders could have made different choices. Choices that would make us less financially vulnerable, isolated and fearful, but they didn’t.
It was an America with one core belief: Rugged Individualism. Or put another way “You’re on your own”.
Individualism as a value has many merits. But America’s report card, if issued four months ago, would be an ugly one.
I’d like to state some facts about our country’s distinguishing features so we’re not talking in abstractions.
As you read this tiny list, think about how we’re at an inflection point that affords us a unique opportunity. Imagine eliminating or even just minimizing any of these American realities:
On any given day, and in any sort of setting, it’s not unlikely you could get shot.
On any given day you could be completely wiped out financially by a health crisis or death in the family.
If you’re clinically depressed and/or anxious for the first time due to quarantine, it’s natural to want to resume activities.
Same for those who were clinically depressed before quarantine because it probably got even worse these last several months. I belong to this group.
I’ve been chomping at the bit since day one.
But we really, really need to think about what we’re going back to clearly and objectively before we fall back into the old, miserable routines. They aren’t even “comfortable” anymore in spite of the familiarity.
This could be our last chance to go for broke. To rebuild, not modify.