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Social Distancing: A New Concept?

Social Distancing

I was having a discourse with 2 of my co-workers here today. We were discussing our current times of course, and what could be the take away from it.

There could be valuable lessons remaining in the debris after the storm has passed.

Myself and one of the ladies, who was born in China, began recalling how the world was different in our younger years. There was a feeling of community then, this is no longer the same.

Our current call to social distancing, is it something new in America? We do not believe that it is, not really.

Social distancing is evident in many facets of life in developed worlds. We are often too busy. We have deadlines to meet, worrying about our bills, successful and competitive kids to raise, and so forth.

Trust is hard to come by, some persons do not play by the rules and we have to be mindful. But opportunities for friendships to develop present themselves and are often ignored. I am guilty of mistrust as well.

Most of us have always been practicing social distancing. Do we know our neighbors? Speak to many people in our communities?

We drive home, into our garages, never or barely say hello, lock our doors. Many would not recognize their neighbor who resides on the other side of the shared fence, if seen in a different setting. I know I wouldn’t!

During my childhood we were:

  • Raised as a community.
  • Taught to share.
  • Be respectful of each other and our elders.
  • We could be rebuked by anyone, does not have to be a relative.
  • Everyone passed and called out to the adults, you never passed without speaking to them.
  • Help each other, if older persons cannot go to shop, offer to help.
  • Any older person could ask the child of someone else to assist them with reasonable tasks.

I understand that this is a different time and place and I would not  let my child about with persons I am unfamiliar with, but adults could maybe do a little less social distancing and foster greater cohesiveness.

Once this storm has subsided, some take away lessons could be:

  • Being more friendly to each other.
  • Checking on elderly community neighbors.
  • Being kinder as a whole to ALL.
  • Offering to help each other as fellow humans.
  • Get to know others in our communities and alleviate some of the fear of the unknown.

We are mostly just people, generally with the same ideals, wanting the same things and just the chance to live in peace and provide a life for ourselves and our families.

Perhaps I am too idealistic … one can hope can’t they?

What are your thoughts?