Everyone looks at the crisis we are experiencing depending on their own environment. Different personal situations can coexist under one roof that can affect us in a very diverse way. People who keep entirely their work and carries it out by means of telework mechanisms, self-employed who have no possibility of keeping generating incomes because their work requires a physical presence and permanent mobility, workers who have had to undergo an official temporary lay-off, often with a salary reduction, and other situations that exist and that I will not detail for room reasons.

Those of us who can work from home and, therefore, not having our usual income threatened, and at the same time, we can feel ourselves useful to our community, we should consider to be privileged. In addition, we don't have to be thinking all day long about what to do with our time. In any case, some people probably have to deal with this situation trying to balance the time spent working and the needs that come from the rest of the family, as is the case of many with very young sons or daughters.

As such privileged, we have to be willing to renounce to some things to compensate those who these days, and those yet to come, strive, either to help others -and perhaps us- or to be able to subsist with the limited resources they have.

Plaza España de Roma
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We are learning to be patient, to understand others and to understand ourselves better, to think about how we could contribute. We are growing up. When facing centralizing attitudes, often resulting in a useless overprotection, it is worth highlighting the relevance of empowering people so they can make their own decisions in accordance with the common good. From this crisis -and many others- we will emerge if each and every one of us develops an individual awareness that should be in tune with a collective consciousness, and this is never done by force, but by understanding and accepting it. Impositions will not be learning for next time. Instead, the assumption of our own responsiveness will remain with us forever.

Despite the throng of predictions that these days are already telling what will happen the day after, I think it is still too early to know if anything, big or small, will change. It is obvious that it will depend on how long this situation will last, and if there will be more periods of confinement. Of course, it is possible that some things change. Especially, it would be good if some of our perceptions about aspects that are becoming evident these days change: the need to have a good health system with the necessary resources; the everyone’s solidarity avoiding actions that one performs and may harm others; the importance of the people you have the closest and you did forgot they share the life with you; the potential of online education to provide answers in times of crisis and non-crisis; the need to make the Internet become a universal right included in the constitutions of all countries; the recognition of, in the same way they provide textbooks to families in difficult situations, the governments could facilitate mobile devices so that they could continue learning...

This would be the positive part. It is true that there can also be a negative one: fear, which will probably last for a longer time, fear of getting very close to unknown people, of participating in open and massive events, of traveling regularly...

I just hope that, together, we will overcome this situation and make the positive changes more and better than the negative ones. It will depend, to a large extent, on us.

*This post is an English version of the article published on 31/03/20 in Tecnonews.