Epidemics and the future

Human beings or slaves?
A few questions for our future

di Daniele Delbene


17-03-2020 - The measures adopted by the government, which after China set an example for other European countries and beyond, respond to the immediate need to protect citizens, not so much from possible contagion, as from a collapse of the country-system (health in the first place ). In fact, if effective cures or vaccines are not discovered (which is desired and probable) or if the virus does not disappear for environmental or natural reasons (which is desired), it will certainly not be 15 days or a month of leopard spots "curfew" ( worldwide) to eradicate it.

The virus could stop in an isolated village, in a province, in a region or in a country with its militarized borders but it cannot be definitively eradicated if the same measures are not adopted in the world in common ways.In the worst case scenario, the choice should be made whether to eliminate citizens' freedom for an indefinite period or whether to drastically reduce quarantine measures by accepting their consequences. In this context, it would be a crescendo of social tensions ready to explode like a time bomb.

Our human being leads us to be optimistic and gives us hope for effective treatments and in environmental and natural contexts that will intervene to "save" us shortly.

Already today, however, it is important to grasp the essence of what is happening to ask us some questions.

The current epidemic focuses on issues of global interest that would clearly reappear in the case of wars, calamities and catastrophic events worldwide but which (in a less evident but no less important way) affect the life of all of us also in normal life .

Can we still live in a globalized world in which the only rule is that dictated by the market and finance?

Can we still live in a truly free world without universal rules?

If we accept the elimination of true freedom in exchange for an apparent and virtual one, then yes.

Otherwise, supranational (representative and democratic), European and global structures will be imagined, capable of governing everyday life and events, placing the human being at the center of a new world view.

Can all those personalities (politicians and not only) who until yesterday have not seen the dictates of finance and the market have credibility? And that today they attack the institutions and the system that they have long defended without a judgment of merit? The same people who yesterday considered men nothing more than means to keep the system in balance, today would like to stand as champions of the safeguarding and rediscovery of the humanity of men.

The answer is no!

Now is not the time, but tomorrow it will be appropriate to invite them to change jobs.


                                                                                                                   Daniele Delbene