Every crisis is an opportunity. An opportunity to remember what truly matters in life: connection, compassion, generosity, love, hope. Crises can strip back the superfluous and help awaken us to what is truly important, help us reflect on where we wish to spend our time, and invite us to consider how we can become good ancestors for those who are yet to come.
The brilliant Arundhati Roy described the pandemic as “a portal”, and urges us to consider what kind of world we want to return to. For many people across the globe, nothing could be worse than a return to “normal”. “Normal” was a world filled with racism and ignorance, oil spills and forest fires, inequality, injustice and greed.
We have been given a unique opportunity to re-imagine our societies, to leave behind what divides us, and to dare to dream big, bold, brilliant dreams about the world we want to live in.
Since lockdown began we have seen such an abundance of creativity — with ingenious solutions, wild ideas and unexpected inventions appearing in their millions across the globe. We have everything we need to do things differently. For the Ancient Greeks the word ‘crisis’ could be understood to mean ‘choice’. And here — in the face of these crises — the only real question we should be asking ourselves is: what kind of world will we choose to create?
What kind of world are YOU choosing to create with your words and your actions?
What parts of the ‘old world’ do you want to bring with you, and what will you leave behind?
What big, bold, brilliant ideas have you been hiding that are now ready to share?
Artwork by @IrisMaertens
We have been given a unique opportunity to re-imagine our societies, to leave behind what divides us, and to dare to dream big, bold, brilliant dreams about the world we want to live in #NewNormal #BuildBackBetter #ReturnToBetter pic.twitter.com/pAIV0UwzMH
— WeWereMadeForTheseTimes (@WeWereMade4) June 10, 2020