Can we survive in a 1.5 meter society?


I've been in about 100 countries in my life, most of them to work. I have worked in war zones like Angola in the 80's where there was a war being fought about communism, diamonds and oil. Ivory Coast where civil war broke out when I was there and Iran where the 1st Gulf War had broken out between Iraq and ancient Persia. A tanker I worked on had just taken her cargo of crude oil on the Iranian island of Kharg, when a French made Exocet rocket hit us at starboard and we had to leave the burning ship in the lifeboats.

Yet this was not as bad as what I later experienced in the streets of Bucharest and Constanza in Romania during the last years of dictator Ceausescu. What I felt there was much worse than danger, it was fear and distrust. Fear of the unknown is, according to a researcher, the most powerful motivator of our conscious and subconscious mind. It causes constant stress that disturbs sensible decision making. Does it occur to you too that we have ended up in a similar, dehumanized society of 1.5 meters social distance without wanting to, but accepting it without protest? The impact of rules that stimulate mistrust, saddling ordinary, always nice people such as pub owners, hairdressers or restaurant owners with controls over our fellow human beings, makes 'living together' impossible. There can no longer be any question of society if a compulsory division is forced, because if you don't do it, there will be a hefty fine or worse.

A world like the one I observed in Romania, where you never again will know who you can and cannot confide in, so this constant irrational fear, eats away at a person from the inside because it disturbs the chemical ratio of adrenaline, cortisol in our brains and bodies. Man finds himself in a constant FFF situation; fight, flight or freeze, as if hunted by an unknown monster, a tiger, or a virus. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that fear makes people choose; so either fight, or flee or freeze and do nothing. He said that the human essence consists of three needs: our self-determination, freedom, and choices, determined by inner ethics (wanting to do the right thing). That choice is now up to all of us, because, believe me, the Netherlands, the freest country ever, will remain unrecognizable. The weapons of our leaders are the scattering of fear. Divide and rule. But as the Latin proverb says: 'Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?' 'Who guards the guards?' And that's the only choice left. The people must choose, either under guardianship, or choose the freedoms for which they fought for hundreds of years. We will never get those freedoms back just by asking for them. You might hope so, but that's an illusion. So we have to think and make the right choice. Do we want to fight or are we still too well off right now? Do we still dare to stand up for our opinions and claim our freedoms? I notice that there is a lot of grumbling, shouting and complaining on social media, but only a few people really do anything. Of course we don't intend to set up barricades, because we are no longer fighters like we were in the Middle Ages, but that can't take long.  Ceausescu thought he was safe, but also he and his corrupt wife were eventually put against the wall. So we came up with a solution and founded the Human Well being Fund and formed www.ieder1samen.nl to buy back our voice, the voice of the people, the 99%. If banks, multinationals in oil or pharmaceutical corporations buy their power in Brussels and Washington or The Hague, so can we, but only if we all work together. There are many more of us than them. We have the right to know who is guarding those guards, we have the right to guard them, as one voice, the voice of the people. If we don't do that, terrible years will await us and our children who are born. They will not grow up in our cozy acquired freedoms but look at each other suspiciously, frozen by fear and life will be a sad experience. The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam will become like Bucharest, with repeated raids by police and BOA's will check if we have signed up for dinner or a beer or if we are not sitting at the wrong table to greet an old friend or to court a girl. A spontaneous dance with an attractive man or woman is already forbidden. In such a world you can't live 'together' anymore, but surviving becomes a struggle...


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