Your future with COVID-19,2020 will always be remembered as the year that changed the course of human history forever. It is not that human beings have never encountered major transformations before. In fact, all of human history is full of such transformations.
A quick overview of these major transformations in human history ranges from being hunters and gatherers to erecting monuments to live in groups (now known as cities), reshaping the world with the agricultural revolution, and then saving humanity in the name of revolution. industrial.
The industrial revolution paved the way for our scattered civilizations to enter the era of modernization and postmodernization on the foundations of mass production and mass consumption of goods, products, ideas such as basic human rights.
Such a massive change in society contributed to implementing the universal concept of what is right and what is wrong and how their peers should live and function in a synchronized manner throughout the world (once again, thanks to the industrial model for paving the way of a world so monotonous in which we have lived until 2019).
An important aspect of all these transformations that should not be overlooked is the fact that those milestones that changed the way in which we, as homo sapiens, learned to live and practice our lives, did not happen overnight, but They were the result of hundreds of years of human struggles in the form of wars, misery, cruelty, kindness, hard work, and religious beliefs, to name a few.
Our ancestral history taught us how to interact with others, how to create and break social ties, how to preserve and transfer the collective memories of our experiences to our future generations, how to associate an enormous amount of power with a colorful piece of paper (commonly called money). ) and standardize the trade of goods, products, ideas and services within the seven continents of this world.
We invent schools and educational institutions to make sure that our younger generations think and act in a certain way; We gave institutional authority to our places of worship and erected monuments that should last longer than our average life expectancy. Think of the pyramids in Giza, Egypt, for example.
Similarly, we invent ways and means to entertain ourselves. Such entertainment also underwent massive transformations, from cheering during gladiator contests and fighting in the Colosseums to singing “We Will Rock You” songs during head-to-head fighting in our soccer stadiums.
Such a transformation of human entertainment, from enjoying the acts of carnage of real human beings in amphitheatres of monarchs and kings to cheering and shouting at their favorite teams in the great stadiums, took hundreds and thousands of years to materialize.
It is natural for these transformations to take decades and centuries to alter human habits from thirsty for blood to civilized spectacles of Ballard’s dance endings.
In other words, all human transformation is based on the time factor. There were no shortcuts! It has never occurred to a human being that you go to bed to sleep well and wake up in a completely transformed world the next morning.
However, with the dawn of 2020, we as human beings witnessed another remarkable change in the course of human history. This transformation was brought to us by the so-called coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). The news about the arrival of this new virus spread faster on virtual media platforms than the virus itself.
If human history is full of transformations, why is it so unique and worth discussing here? The simplest answer to this puzzle is the time and pace factor with which this remarkable change has occurred by changing, rather than transforming our lives.
The rapid change we are seeing in the Corona era is due to the fact that, unlike our ancestors, we have already created a remarkable new world for our living. We commonly refer to this new planet as our “virtual” world
Long before COVID-19 hit us, an overwhelming majority of the human population already lived two parallel lives: one face to face and the other on our virtual profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter, to name a few). )
Even then, all of our virtual “reality” of life still depended predominantly on our face-to-face interactions and transactions. In other words, we still had the option to choose whether to go for the virtual planet or continue to cling to our traditional ways of life.
However, in less than two months (the duration we took refuge to save ourselves from the pandemic), humans essentially discarded their existing lifestyle that this creature had acquired as a result of the tireless journey spanning hundreds and thousands of years.
We began to witness that almost all people and all institutions began to migrate to this new planet, converting to be practically present. In other words, for some, it was like a leap of faith that they took to save themselves and humanity, while for others, they had no choice but to join the virtual world for the sake of their survival. Thus, “virtual” began to become the new “real”.
Human beings began to look beyond the forms and norms that industrialization and modernization had taught them to live, dress, work, communicate, practice religion, learn, seek medical attention, and entertain themselves, either by watching or participating in sports. or go to the bars to hang out with friends, colleagues and colleagues.
While the pandemic we are facing right now is still unfolding, the human lifestyle has already changed forever. This transformation is already visible even though we are still waiting on our cozy sofas to overcome this virus and “go back to work”. In fact, there is no “return” in the post-COVID-19 world. There is only “advance”.
When we finish the lock and start opening, we will discover that the “job” might still be there, but it is not the same job we used to do; religion may still be there, but it is not the same way we used to practice our faith systems; Restaurants and bars may still be there, but it’s not the way we used to hang out in those places.
Think about the virtual hangouts that most of us already have through Zoom, Houseparty, WhatsApp video chat and the Facebook Messenger app. Due to this rapid change in human behavior, Facebook introduced a new feature that allowed its virtual meeting place to chat with 50 people simultaneously.
Similarly, universities and educational institutions may still be there, but it is not the way we used to teach and seek education; Stock markets might still be there, but there might not be the same companies we used to think of as investment kings and queens; Planes and public transportation may still run on fossil fuels, but they may not receive us the same way we used to travel.
Even our healthcare professionals, bankers, priests, social media influencers, and grocery stores will not satiate us with the same experience we were used to during the pre-COVID-19 world. Everyone has no choice but to go virtual.
And for all these reasons, it is imperative that we pause for a moment and look at where we as human beings come from, to better understand where we will be headed in the post-COVID-19 world.
This article, in fact, is not intended to provide conclusions about what has changed, but is rather an effort to explore and document these sudden, but everlasting, changes and transformations that we are about to witness when we set out to find our way “back “(or” go ahead “) to work!
In this context, there will be a series of follow-up articles, which will analyze aspects of religion, education, economy, health, politics and communication of our daily life in the post-COVID-19 world. I will discuss how information and communication technologies are going to transform every step of our lives in a matter of days, not decades or centuries. As I write this piece, it is already happening. Stay tuned!