When we watched the futuristic series “Black Mirror”, there was a feeling that this is some kind of unlikely future. But the worldwide pandemic has practically made these events our present. Look: all communication takes place through the screen of a monitor or smartphone. We do business in our pajamas, eating a cold breakfast in our kitchen. Recently bought suits hang in the closet, there is a niche scent in the bathroom, and your favorite Porsche is covered in dust in the parking lot. But the usual attributes of our social status have ceased to be relevant. How now, on a small screen, a man can fluff up his tail in front of beautiful ladies at the annual conference? With whom to go to the coffee brake and arrange a dinner at your favorite restaurant? Who will tell the latest news of our industry over a glass of sparkling wine? Do you feel it? And when the event ends, everyone waves to a friend with a smile and knows that now the screen will go out. And only our reflection will look at us.
A 75-year research.
In 1938, scientists at Harvard Medical University began a study of people’s lives and their life satisfaction, the largest of all. For 75 years, they studied the life of 724 men, year after year interviewing them about work, personal life, health … The objective of the experiment was to answer the question “What does a person need to be happy?”
The study showed that for good health, it is not achievements and acquisitions that are important, but communication with people, mutual understanding and the quality of relationships. Scientists have drawn three important conclusions from the study. First and foremost, social connections are essential for us. Disunity kills. People who are more closely connected with their family, friends, society are happier, physically stronger and live longer than those who are less connected with society. The experience of being alone is detrimental. People who are isolated from society more than they want to feel unhappy, their physical health fades in middle age, their brain activity is disturbed earlier than usual, and they live less than those who are not alone. A lonely person cannot be happy.
Looking at everything that happens in the world as a result of the pandemic, you involuntarily begin to look for answers to the gathered questions and you face a choice. We can live in the state of a spectator, philosophically contemplating the surrounding reality and nodding our heads. Or try to influence the course of history by disrupting it with your inferences and actions. Every day to ask questions: “Who are we in this world?”, “What is happening at the moment?”, “Can we influence this?” and “What awaits us tomorrow?”
Are we ready to abandon our usual communication formats so quickly in favor of a progressive movement controlled by someone? Is it possible that a viral bacterium can affect all of humanity so strongly that in a short period of time we will turn from kinesthetic creatures who have been forming their habits for millions of years into lonely recluses? Clarification: According to research, unfortunate recluses.