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  • Writer's pictureMarion Burchell

The need for kindness is essential now more than ever

The world is a very different place.

Covid is one of the more recent events driving instability in the world today. It’s disruption spans further than the health and economic implications we have experienced. Its impact is far more fundamental. It has resulted in us being more disconnected that ever (in modern times).

As humans, connection is what sustains us. We are connected to our partner, our family, our friends, community and broader society. We are also connected to our environment.

Yet covid has created a disconnect – through lockdowns (enforced and shadow), work from home and reduced travel.

This disconnection has resulted in it being easier for us to create conflict, flippancy of behaviour and uncaring of comments. It has reduced our empathy towards each other, as well as our patience and tolerance of others. In effect, it has reduced our humanity.

This is a tragedy as our humanity is what makes us human. It’s the best part of being human.

What is more concerning is that large events like pandemics have resulted in fundamental changes in society. The black plague in the 1500’s resulted in the removal of feudalism.

Covid is our catalyst for fundamentally creating a new world, a new future.

If we are disconnected from each other and from our humanity, what kind of future will we create?

It’s important more than ever to hold onto our values as we navigate these challenging times, and create the structure of a new society. Kindness will be key to creating a new world we can be proud.

About Marion

Marion is a highly experienced and accomplished strategy, innovation and leadership professional with a focus on the enterprise and government sectors. She is a trusted advisor to CEOs and senior executives, providing practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges they face. Marion is the Managing Director at Azolla Holdings Pty Ltd, a Board member, thought leader and member of an international entrepreneur association.

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