The coronavirus epidemic, which is globally effective, is responsible for many of us, our presence, our behavior, our relationships, our habits, etc. pushed to review.
We are just discovering the difficulty of adapting by decelerating to rapidly changing conditions. Not so much more than a few months ago, so many people complained about working hard, not being busy, not having time for themselves and their loved ones.
Now most of us are at home, we are alone with ourselves, only with ourselves … and of course, we establish long-distance relationships with each other by taking advantage of the opportunities provided by technology. Even with our relatives, phone, computer etc. we speak through means.
In fact, the situation was briefly these months ago, under the usual conditions, we were very busy, we had a lot of work, so our face-to-face communication with us was either very limited or very superficial and mechanical. Then this was normal for most of us. It was always possible to close the distance, to compensate for the relationship when we were done, when it was reduced – which was never going to happen. Most of us saw loneliness as a privilege, and having a lot of work to do.
At the moment, our time is relatively abundant, we are at home. This time, the current conditions restrict our face-to-face communication. And we are not complaining about freedom, not socializing, going out on the streets, not seeing our relatives comfortably, not to be liberty anymore, as we now see it as given, and that “ordinary conditions” may not be of value … It is no longer a place to walk in a clean air or to communicate face to face with our loved ones.
Nowadays, many of us feel like actors of one of the films about the “epidemic” we have seen before. Or at least one of those movies comes to our minds. In fact, how far from reality it looks when watching. While writing the lines above, I thought of the Perfect Sense movie. Behold, this is the movie about the epidemic that causes all senses to disappear. The film that tests human struggle and survival instinct.
The title of the previous article of mine was “We Met at the Common Share: Humanity”. In fact, we have not merely united, but been equalized in the common denominator of “humanity”. The epidemic affects us all in the same way, without discrimination. We are all worried in the same way, we are protected by the same measures, and we all wish the epidemic to pass as soon as possible and struggle with our strength. We remembered that we are human, our common vulnerabilities, our strengths, our senses, our emotions, the values that make us us.
A number of studies have been published recently that compare human-machine. In general, these weaknesses, helplessness and loss of reputation were mentioned in front of the machine. In this context, what we have been experiencing lately has also been important in terms of humanity’s meaning and value again.
Well, at the individual level, human beings’ existence, life, relationships, etc. The need to review the existence, values, policies and tools of the European Union (EU), which has been ineffective in the face of the epidemic, with so many questions and such a great struggle for life, while countries at the national level have made extraordinary efforts, and most importantly, when the epidemic has become central Europe. Didn’t it come out clearly?
With its transnational structure, the EU, which has its own characteristics, builds its existence on the principles of peace, unity, equality, freedom (free movement of goods, labor, service and capital) and “solidarity”, explicitly aims to share the blessing and burden equally and fairly among the member countries. However, the problems in the application are clearly evident.
It is true that there is no common health policy in the general structure of the EU and this area is left under the jurisdiction of the member countries. In the field of health, where there is no common policy, EU member states have primary responsibility for the organization and delivery of health and medical care services. EU health policy is complementary to national policies.
The Kovid-19 epidemic emerged as an exceptional situation, created an important crisis and made it necessary to act in solidarity and coordination among the member countries. However, since the first days of the crisis, neither the EU nor the relevant institutions of the EU have been able to provide coordination between the member countries in a healthy way, nor the EU countries where the Kovid-19 epidemic caused many casualties. It is very clear that national reflexes prevent the spirit of solidarity among member countries. The countries concerned acted individually as if they were not part of a formation like the EU, with initiatives such as closing unilateral borders, control and isolation at the internal borders. Moreover, most of the EU member countries, especially Italy, have openly and harshly criticized the failure of the principle of solidarity in the EU and the lack of coordination.
It is possible to explain the slowness, cumbersome, lack of coordination in the EU’s response to the crisis for many reasons, but obviously the EU was caught unprepared for this kind of crisis. Now it is time to reevaluate the existence, structure, functioning and effectiveness of the EU…