People do incredible things in the face of a crisis. Actions that they do not normally display become natural. They step in harm’s way to express a sense of “us” over “self.”
Much of our societal experience is removed from crisis. In crisis though, people need to rely more heavily upon one another. The “haves” and the “have not’s” cross paths with the crisis that they must share together. Crisis brings an equality of shared experiences and opportunity for appreciation for one another grows.
- concerned people offer donations and volunteer
- healthcare providers provide
- first-responders continue responding
- service people continue to serve
- delivery people deliver
- educators educate virtually
- organizations organize differently to persist in bringing value
A sense of equality is a key to being better and creating a better society. Why would we have this hyper-emotional attachment only in a time-limited phase of a global crisis? In the presence of a crisis, we can all learn from it and apply what we learn long past the crisis.
When the crisis is over will you continue to just as greatly appreciate donors, volunteers, medical staff, public safety personnel, grocery store workers, food processing and delivery workers of all types?
Societies are formed one person at a time. Keep a heightened sense of appreciative equality with others as a learned practice. Our time will pass, why wait for the next crisis to relearn this lesson.
“In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.” — Bertrand Russel —