“Social distancing” is the wrong term
In view of the corona crisis, there is talk of the need for social distancing. The content meant is right, the term is wrong. The correct term is:
- spatial dissociation
To distance oneself socially means to distance oneself, to move away from each other, to limit the contact to each other.
In view of the global corona crisis, the opposite should be the case:
- not dissociate, but move closer together. Solidarity instead of demarcation. Acting together worldwide
As a result, it is necessary to deepen social contacts, to support each other and to establish new contacts. Younger ones shop for older ones. The weak are helped. Lonely people are read out loud or discussed with them on the phone or online. Psychotherapies are conducted via video or also on the phone.
Where else do we need social care and solidarity, if not in this situation of individual and collective threat?
So we need a moving together and solidarity and this means at the same time:
- we need a spatial dissociation that does not lead to social dissociation
- we must avoid each other spatially in order to reduce our own risk and at the same time delay the spread of the disease for the benefit of all
Spatial dissociation is thus not an expression of social dissociation, but of moving together.
Driving forward online communication
The world has changed and at present, it is upside down in many ways. We should accept this situation as it is in order to cope with it and deal with it. We can make resolutions out of it for a better tomorrow.
- phone, messenger, chat systems, also video chat, social networks, online meeting platforms, these are the means to maintain and deepen our social contacts
- we can see and hear each other, we can advise each other and organize support. We do not need to stand alone, even if we are physically distant
The Corona crisis can thus simultaneously provide the opportunity to promote online e-learning and online working with all our resources so that this development can be maintained after the crisis.
So let us stop talking about social distance and call the child by its real name: spatial distance.
Government, business and society as a whole are called upon to do everything possible to make better use of online communication opportunities now and to push them further.
This may be an occasion for some people to abandon certain blockages and open up to the online media. Those who do not do so are in danger of becoming lonely in these times.