Like all of us these days, I am very concerned about the development our society is going through in the face of Covid-19.
Where do our concerns, our fears lead us?
What way is our society developing under these new conditions?
Has the "virus of fear" already spread so virally that distance will soon become the norm?
Even after the discovery of a vaccine?
Will it ever be possible to hug someone again unselfconsciously? Kiss them on the cheek?
I think it is time to approach thinking about our transitoriness.
Integration instead of avoidance.
In the beginning there was... fear. Fear of our own transience.
The seed of fear is the seed of this wave of rules, regulations and directives.
I don't wish to start a discussion in this forum about whether the virus exists or not.
Nor do I wish to discuss if, and how dangerous it is.
I will stay out of this discussion, because my knowledge is not sufficient to make well-founded statements about this.
What I want to write about here and what I want to encourage is putting forward the question of how we want to live.
The question of democratic principles and the question of our freedom and whether we want to subjugate these principles
to a regime of infection control.
The actor Jan Josef Liefers said in a TV interview: This is a discussion - you can't simply determine it.
Yes, we have to discuss this - as a society, as citizens, as people.
Not an emotionally charged discussion, but an intelligent, nuanced discussion.
A discussion that allows for diverse opinions, ideas and concepts. This is what distinguishes our democracy.
The fear of disease and death and the ignorance of Covid-19 and its effects and consequences have led to a worrying development:
Opinions and scientific research results that question the severity of the virus and the current measures, are exposed to accusations.
Everyone deals with fear differently - fear is probably a question of character. I do not say this without the necessary respect for
everyone who is afraid and those who suffer from fear. I take them and their fear seriously, because those who feel fear also suffer its effects.
I feel great happiness and I am truly grateful for rarely experiencing fear. Therefore, I am not afraid of a Covid-19 infection.
Not because I do not take the possible effects seriously. I am just not afraid of it.
And: I want to live a free life.
I would like to live in a society where friendship and meeting people is possible.
Life in a society in which people are allowed to gather, and in which freedom of expression is a precious commodity, which is allowed to be exercised.
If we want to preserve these values and principles, it is necessary to deal with our fear.
It is not a question of whether it is justified or appropriate.
It is a question of whether my fear can, and should, be equated with the decision of what is right or wrong.
Do I want fear to become the criterion for fashioning rules and principles of a society?
Does not fear as a criterion, by its very nature, exclude differentiation?
When we are ready to look at our fear and say:
Oh yes, well, I'm afraid of infection and I'm afraid of disease. And I am afraid of the consequences.
To then continue to ask and to explore: Do my concerns and my fear justify the restriction of the principles of freedom?
Does the preservation of life rank above liberal and democratic principles?
Does the preservation of life justify the restriction of these principles?
Can these two stipulations ever coexist in a formula that leads to a result?
These are the questions we must ask ourselves; each and every one of us must ask ourselves. Because the answers point in the direction,
in which our society is developing.
WE decide this as citizens, not the RKI and not our elected government parties! We must be clear about this!
This is a discussion - you can't just decide it!
I have made my decision.
Please make yours too!
My invitation to you
My invitation to you is not a rhetorical, suggestive one that seeks to suggest answers.
My invitation is serious and honest. I am open and responsive to all other opinions.
I would be happy to discuss these as well! Freely and appreciatively.
Be courageous! Be nuanced!
May we welcome and live in respectful and appreciative cooperation!
I am of the opinion that our democratic society deserves this!
May all beings everywhere, be happy and free!
May you be well!
Yours Petra Junk