Although written well before the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic, Zygmunt Bauman's theory can be an important tool to reflect on the current moment in which we live. Creator of concepts like liquid society and liquid love, his central ideas are intertwined with our present of uncertainties and fugacity.
"I chose to call liquid modernity the growing conviction that change is the only permanent thing and uncertainty, the only certainty." - Zygmunt Bauman
The daily walk with the dog after work, the afternoon snack at the corner bakery, lunch every day with coworkers. The small certainties of the routine that gave us the stability and security that we need so much are no longer the same. All of a sudden, everything changed and we started to learn how to deal with new schedules, new workplaces, other demands and needs. We created other routines in isolation, of course, but provisional routines, about to change again at any time, once the pandemic has passed.
The pandemic came to shake us up and say: nothing will be the same as before. There is no security, brilliant career or health insurance that can assure us that everything will be fine and that things will be as they were. The truths, which once guided us, have now become liquid - like Bauman's concepts - and run through our hands.
The learnings are countless and certainly one of the most valuable is in the relationships we establish with the other. The isolation and impossibility of meeting face to face increased the loneliness and the feeling of abandonment, which are "the great fears in these times of individualization", according to the Polish sociologist.
For those facing depression at this time, in addition to the essential professional help, contact with friends and family via digital media is essential. According to Solomon, an “ideal diet for mental health” includes establishing routines, having an adequate number of hours of sleep, neither too much nor too little; don't eat too much, don't drink too much.
“When you are very lonely and isolated, the idea of looking for other people seems like a huge and unattractive thing. But it is a very important health measure to talk to your friends, your family, or the people you have a connection with. It can be through Zoom or another online platform, phone or WhatsApp. Use whatever technology is available and stay in touch with other people. "- Andrew Solomon
different perspectives, Zygmunt Bauman and Andrew Solomon bring definitions that help us to think about the current moment we live in. Bauman approaches loneliness as a fear due to the fragility and fleetingness of relationships, and Solomon situates loneliness as a consequence of the disease called depression, the disease that isolates it. Whether as a fear of its probable expansion in this period of isolation, or as a condition of depression, a cure, a restart, a return to affections is always possible.