Lockdown as accelerator
COVID-19 as necessary „creative destruction?
Actually, I just wanted to add some chapters to my book “Earth 5.0“, which was published almost two years ago. But when I started writing, I realised how radically the world has changed in the last 24 months. In “Earth 5.0“ I have explained: "Never again will the speed of change be as slow as it is today! - And now? Change, with all its transitions, has once again taken the reached top speed. Corona has forced us to a lockdown and has acted like an accelerator for the developments and failures, of the last thirty years. Now the virus relentlessly exposes the systemic ﬂaws of our social and economic system. For decades we have ignored the emerging crises: Climate catastrophes, extinction of species, increasing migration, waste crises, environmental destruction, growing inequality, factory farming and “Dieselgate”. Was the kind of global emergency we are currently witnessing unavoidable? It seems as if nature wants to assert itself against mankind and set an example. We are suddenly forced to stop. To stop and question ourselves and our system as a whole. As brutal as the events and consequences of the virus are for us, it is nevertheless time for a new beginning. A chance to resort ourselves, to identify and resolve the root causes of our problems, rather than numbing the symptoms. Only now, with Covid-19 making the physical interaction with each other more difﬁcult, the importance of the Internet and digitisation is slowly being perceived for what it is: The infrastructure of our future prosperity and wealth. Those who have not mastered digitisation - who have no access to the Internet or only a low bandwidth - will not be able to participate in the future.
Suddenly, it is home ofﬁce or no work at all, video conferencing or no meeting at all. For the ﬁrst time, our politicians are even thinking about the Internet and access to the network as a human right. We are beginning to understand the impact of this change. Digitisation and technological progress are the lever for more sustainability and offer us a way out of the deep social instability we are experiencing. In ten or twenty years, we will probably be talking about the period before the ﬁrst Corona pandemic as the period before the "Great Transformation". This transformation affects all areas of life, work and society. I hope that we now quickly gain the right insights and make the right decisions. Germany is good at doing things right - but not very good at doing the right thing. But now it is a question of doing the right thing the right way Otherwise, we will not be able to tackle the challenges that lie ahead of us. This condensed booklet is intended to help us to look at and understand the crises that threatens humanity and our existence in a very holistic way. Because everything that happens around us is no coincidence. It is the logical consequence of our global actions. Everything is connected with everything - and everything fuels everything! Harald Lesch once said it quite accurately "We always talk about the environment - but actually it should be called “Invironment” (German: “Mitwelt”). After all, nature can live quite well without humans, but humans cannot live without their „invironment“. We must ﬁnally understand that we are part of the whole and do not stand above things.“ I would therefore like to invite you to a change of perspective. If we change our perspective, then we can, as Plato shows in the example of his parable of the cave and the shadow in ancient philosophy, suddenly realise that the world is colourful and does not only consist of ﬂat, black shadow ﬁgures on the cave wall. Let us spiritually leave the cave together, in order to see the world from the perspective of another person, perhaps from the point of view of someone who "supposedly thinks differently“. An old joke from my childhood comes to mind: On the pavement next to a street a boy approaches a pedestrian. "Excuse me, could you tell me where I can ﬁnd the other side of the street?" Astonished, the passer-by replies, "Sure, over there." The boy starts crying bitterly and says, "This can't be true. They always send me over here!“ The one "real" truth we so often seek does not exist. "Truth is never absolute, it is always historical", according to a quote from the NZZ in August 2020. Truth depends on its time, on religious and political views. If a society allows only one truth, then this leads to religious wars, as in the 16th and 17th centuries. Every society must therefore decide whether it wants to live in truth or in peace. Unfortunately, dogmas do not help here.