A new us ?, by Núria Iceta

Bubble groups, close contacts, confined classes, herd immunity … there are a lot of expressions that the pandemic (disease of the whole town) has drawn, new “we & rdquor; In us. A disease that has affected so many people and that has had consequences for the life of the entire planet, especially in regard to social relationships, gives rise to think a bit.

Given that illness calls for isolation, could it be that beyond the bubbles we try to draw and protect we can speak of new us? Bubbles are brittle and transparentThey let anyone who wants to look see what we are.

From the Razzmatazz to the Mont-ras farmhouse, the same feeling of trying to create a we without caring about others. Prevention measures and vaccination are the only defenses we have. Self-responsibility and social conscience with the collapsed health system, because it rains when it is wet.

The confusion of some measures, the contradictions, the differences of criteria according to the autonomous communities or the countries do not help to configure ‘us’ safe and the nonsense of some (i) political leaders either. We have rightly complained that the weight of responsibility fell too far on our shoulders and that in the almost two years that we have been in operation, some structures have not improved much. But the complaint will not get us from where we are either if we do not accompany it with the highest personal demand and collective conscience.

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We have experiences very close to us and it is up to us to decide if we participate in them. The ‘we’ of the pre-pandemic years were a racking of gifts and chairs to celebrate meals together. This year we have seen much more silence and relief tuppers, but the ‘we’ is the same. The ‘we’ of Christmas are the dinners of San Egidio, they are the daily life of Santa Anna and so many places without names.

I want the we of Desmond Tutu (and by the way his joy). I don’t want to give up the more difficult ‘we’. May we have a new ‘we’ in 2022.


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