What comes first?
The priority between health and work in a pandemic is a delicate matter. And finding balance is a real challenge. Governments that have protected the economy have put lives at risk. Vice versa, those who have defended lives have destroyed the economy.
Today, Giorgio Armani cancels the next Milano and Paris men’s and couture fashion shows scheduled for January. Health protection is a priority for him.
During the festivities, when people travel everywhere, this decision may sound too strong.
However, this news was the chance to look into something we already wanted to analyse. Indeed, it’s our practice to start from fashion and jump into a broader picture. That includes society, human interactions and all the multiple fields related.
Personal satisfaction: the selfish choice
On the plate, we have a pandemic in opposition to health, work, and personal life satisfaction.
The decision, taken because of the raising of Covid cases, is impactful. The fact that people travel and amass must be related to the number of the infected.
Following Armani’s logic, we wonder: if we cannot work, how come we travel?
Considering the high percentage of people moving, before and during the Christmas holidays, we can conclude that life has meaning only if they travel. No travel corresponds to an empty life.
People like talking about sustainable matters but still travel compulsively. Also, gather in flocks. Yes, we’ll probably cry later. But, should we think about the consequences of our actions? We are not that smart.
Change: health vs work
If not even a pandemic led people to change, it’s hard to imagine what would make it possible.
Though the idea of sacrifice for common well-being is unreal, the concept of sacrifice – in general – is dead. Only the individual counts, his own satisfaction, and nothing else around. The egoistic attitude prevails.
Besides, it’s interesting to notice that we live in the metropolis, but we can’t wait to run away anytime possible.
We’re not saying we have to deny our life’s satisfaction. On the contrary, finding alternatives to bring about meaning in our lives is a conscious choice. And perhaps, moving out of the big cities is a value-added option for a healthy lifestyle.
By the way, we agree with King Giorgio. Health comes first!