Between a life we lived until a recent past, that is moving further away every day, and the life that we wish to live in a future that is harder to visualize every day. Between the need for isolation to avoid infection and the need for contact to accompany each other through fear. Between the first and immediate reaction to search for individual ways to take care of oneself and the subsequent understanding that it is impossible to find a way out without collective care, we are living in the transition. We are living between one thing or the other but in neither. We are living in between.
In times of coronavirus life in between becomes clearer, more defined, more definitive. And so, the consciousness of what is transitory, ungraspable, incontrollable, what we no longer have and what we do not have yet, is more demanding. It forces us to find, create, discover, invent, new compasses to navigate through a landscape with no margins to clearly mark the possible from the avoidable, the unavoidable from stubbornness, confidence from carelessness.
People with Link characteristics have learned since they were very young to navigate between two waters. First with suffering and later with curiosity, this is the precise moment to put into practice the use of the compasses that they developed along the way, until now…
Human beings calm down when they believe-feel-think that they control their environment. Foreseeing the future, knowing in advance what will happen gives us the feeling of safety that calms the physiological reactions, shared with animals, as does the perception of danger: fight, flee, freeze.
Faced with a reality that is so difficult to understand, that is constantly changing and that confronts us with threatening facts due to the speed, strength and complexity with which they are presented to us, one way to free ourselves from the unpleasant sensation of contradictions in our feelings is to dissociate.
Breaking out in apocalyptic panic and acting as if life has already ended or denying the danger and saying that the coronavirus is something invented by politicians to manipulate public opinion, are two extreme ways of defensive attitudes to face the imminent danger that is hard to define, hard to understand, to predict, to control.