Covid-19 is changing our life. Not only in the sense of making it more vulnerable and making us more aware of this vulnerability, but also in perceiving through this vulnerability a new belonging to the human race. Of course this awareness existed before, but it was certainly more tenuous, fragmented, spasmodic and preferential. Covid-19 is reminding us that this multicultural belonging is not elective, not fragmentary or spasmodic, not the result of a choice and does not even coincide with our full awareness. But now this new, unexpected multiculturalism, with the moral and epistemological duty to widen our gaze toward others, is provoked by a medical situation. What value, what sense, what unprecedented perspective on our humanity triggers and opens this new medical-health awareness? Klaus Bergdolt (“Der Schwarze Tod in Europa”) states that humanity’s great cultural changes of were not born in the head, the creative imagination or the pen of some brilliant mind, but were triggered by epidemics and pandemics. Historically these have created new scenarios and forced humans to think differently about their humanity.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11119