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We took three weeks locked up (some a little more), and many things have changed. One of the most interesting, is the amount of time that remains for us to think a little about what all this has meant, not only for each one of us, but for our way of life as we have understood by the whole of our existence. This pandemic, if it does not change us as a society, is that we are more gross than many of us thought. There are so many things, that I have been doing a binder of loose ideas that I decided to share. The idea is that, among all, seek how to do things from here on out to be better; as people, as a society and as a species:

I. How fragile is our species… We have believed the owners of the world because we are “rational beings”. And that is enough for us to feel “a kind superior.” We have destroyed nature, wiped out species, and developed a world of tinsel, dependent on material possessions.

It turns out that our species, of the great advances in technology, instant communications, artificial intelligence and supersonic travel, has been detained by a virus. A subcellular structure elemental, with no ability to “survive” if it is not inside of another cell.

That virus, in just two months, stopped the economy, aviation, industry, commerce and the circulation of human beings. And holds in check our way of life as we understand it from more than a century ago. How fragile is our species…

II. The human being goes back to the basics. In the midst of this pandemic, and all the uncertainty that it generates, I have not heard anyone complain that they are not open clothing stores, jewelry stores or electronics stores. Today, we think of how not desabastecernos of food, medicines and basic supplies. No one boasts of the brand of your car, the brand of your watch or clock exclusive of their clothing. Around the world, black, white, yellow, rich, poor, men, women, gay and straight, think of the things really basic. That in the end are the ones that matter most.

III. It makes evident how invested are the values and priorities of our life. Athletes, singers, actors and actresses, they earn millions and millions of dollars. They pay more money for using one or another brand of clothing. They idolize, and are used as models of this society out of cardboard. Interestingly, at this point nobody looks at them to try to resolve the crisis. Or Cristiano Ronaldo, or Lionel Messi, or Lewis Hamilton, or Lebron James, or Adele, or Bad Bunny, or Daddy Yankee have any blame for this. They simply are the towers, the bishops, and the horses of this game of chess of our civilization. The one to blame we are all pawns, we have given priority to the civilization of the spectacle, and not to the things are truly relevant.

Surely there is in the world, no scientist or researcher who win or the tenth part of the income earned by athletes, singers or actors. In order to be considered successful, a scientist has to become an “entrepreneur” and start a business on what you have developed with your work. There, it ceases to be seen as a scientist, and happens to be another “billionaire”. But, in these times of crisis, are those scientists who all turned to look as that will have the task of saving us. Could it be that we are wrong?

IV. Dolphins, swans and fish in the canals of Venice, peacocks in Madrid, wild boar in Rome, ducks in the Trevi fountain, deer in Tokyo… nature just need a moment to regain your space. Have sufficed a few weeks without human activity, and because of the nature thanks. Has decreased the temperature of the earth and have dramatically changed the maps satellite photos which indicate the air pollution. It is a fact that we humans have to do with all this. If this does not serve as a wake-up call that we are abusing our environment, simply nothing will make us step back and think.

V. Solidarity. A word that seemed forgotten. At the time of the truth, it seems that a lot of people have realized they can’t keep looking at the navel for always. There are look around. This pandemic knows no social classes, family names, or bank accounts. It is extremely democratic. You can begin to see glimpses of what could be a future much more caring and responsible to others. Hopefully we are learning. Time will tell…

The author is a cardiologist