By Linda Fisher Thornton
It seems that we’re all getting more in touch with our “inner space” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extensive time in isolation has given us the time and opportunity to face our truths – our beliefs, our impact and our choices.
Here are 10 trends we’re seeing during COVID-19 that show better self-awareness, other-awareness and moral awareness.
- We’re more aware of the importance of science in our lives
- We’re more aware (in our households, families and workplaces) that we are “all in this together” and each decision we make impacts everyone else in the group
- We’re more aware of how our actions (or inactions) can harm others
- We’re more aware of the importance of moral awareness in leadership
- We’re more aware of societal economic disparities
- We’re more aware of societal racial disparities
- We’re more aware of our global connectedness
- We’re more aware of what our travel lifestyle does to the planet
- We’re more aware of the risks others take for our benefit and well-being
- We’re more aware of the importance of taking responsibility for our actions, even under the most difficult and inconvenient circumstances
In my lifetime, I have not seen a time when we have had to come face-to-face with our own beliefs the same way we are having to now. Poor thinking is literally a health risk in these challenging times when failing to wear a mask at the wrong time can lead to illness or death.
Nancy Gibbs, Harvard Kennedy School, says about the impact of the pandemic on our thinking and leadership: “This is real. This has been a moral autopsy. Look for the common humanity. Look for the complexity, get past attributing bad motives to the ‘other side.'”
While it’s always easier to criticize others than to face our own limitations, it’s our own thinking and actions we should be examining now.