AUTONOMOUS LIVING IN THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC
Updated: Sep 28
As the world struggles to respond to the corona virus pandemic, it is easy to get caught up in the news updates and hope for everything to turn back to normal. But let's not forget that normal life is in fact the main reason why we are facing global crises such as pandemics and climate change.
One of the obvious consequences of globalization is the increased risk of international spread of infectious diseases. The two things that have become abundantly evident in the time of the corona virus is our connectedness and our vulnerability. Much of the panic we are experiencing is not only due to the virus it self - but rather the rapid realization of how insecure & vulnerable our lives are in todays world. While the rest of the inhabitants on this planet have figured out how to sustain themself autonomously, only we humans, who claim to be the most intelligent species here, do not know how to live without the support of centralized systems.
What we define as normal life today is by earning a living - which basically means that we have to earn money to be able to live. This way of living does not only cause a lot of stress on our wellbeing but it also damages our natural world. What we call sustainable living today is not much different, as it also depends on centralized systems to operate. Sustainable living is just a way of doing things less bad than before. It is just another business approach that benefits the economy more than the wellbeing of human beings and nature. As long as our homes are polluting the environment on a daily basis and keeping us under constant economic stress we will not be able to live in harmony on this planet.
All the basic resources that we need to sustain our lives are all built up on centralized systems - our food, our water, our sewage, our electricity, our heating and our cooling are all managed by governments & big cooperations. During the corona virus pandemic we are witnessing how fragile and insecure centralized systems are. Entire countries and cities are in lockdown, borders are closing, companies are struggling to stay in business and families are simply struggling to stay afloat. Not only is COVID-19 killing people, but it is also attacking the real economy at its core - trade, supply chains, businesses and jobs. Millions of people are already struggling to afford basic necessities like food and rent.
We have a responsibility to be better prepared for global crises, we must ensure lessons are learned from this pandemic and take the opportunity to radically change the way we live on this planet in order to survive future crises. At this point in evolution we do not have time for solutions that only do less bad. We need solutions that will enhance the wellbeing of the ecological system and help people to become self reliant.
The natural system is the only real model that has worked over long periods of time. Nature does not function on central systems, every ecosystem is a decentralized system that operates in harmony with nature. It is important to remember that nature has thrived on this planet for 3.8 billion years and we humans have only been around for roughly 200,000 years. Following the guidance & direction of nature on how to live on this planet would there for bee a sensible thing to do.
Imagine a world that focus on people and nature not politics and economy. A world where resources are directly in the hands of people not governments & cooperations. A world where communities function as decentralized ecosystems. A world where each home is a self-operating organism that is capable of generating its own electricity, processing its own sewage, producing its own water, growing its own food and maintaining comfortable temperatures all year around without relying on external support. Imagine a world free from economical & ecological stress.
- Imagine Autonomous living.
Going back to normal life is no longer a responsible thing to do and it is not a secure option. We are in an unprecedented situation, and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot survive through future global crises if do not start living autonomously. It is during crises like this that the spirit of human solidarity is at its peak, we must not miss the great opportunity to come together and join forces to build a more resilient world that does not collapse because of one virus.
Together with nature we can enhance our experience on earth tremendously.