The Corona Crisis Puts the Individual in “Upside-Down” Measures
Unlike the usual course of events, in which the world crises “run along” without directly interfering with the “operating system” of everyday life, with COVID-19 a “Black Swan” virus leverages our otherwise adaptable system and does so unpredictably over a longer period of time.
Instead of “open” multi-optional society, conduct decrees from above. Mobility and the right to have a say are now shifting to discussions among the “people’s representatives” about the individual measures, and in this they also make the general “disunity” of the current overall culture perceptible.
The individual is unexpectedly socialized and must “bear” the consequences, regardless of how it came about and regardless of whether it affects him or not. The well-rehearsed social systems and privileges are relativized for an uncertain time.
Psychologically, conveying the threat and justifying the factual restrictions is difficult. Those who are neither directly “affected” by the virus nor know anyone personally affected must accept the factuality via the media.