In "normal" times when life runs ordinarily, death subject is often treated as taboo, a morbid subject rarely engaged in social circles, somewhat a remote occurrence left for those moments we think will never happen to us, at least in a near future. The growth of the pandemic has opened up the pandora box, throwing into the face of humanity all sorts of questions, doubts, insecurities but also revelations and unprecedented opportunities to resignify basic values. Unfortunately much of the facts from the mainstream media has been permeated with sensationalism that is doing a great disservice by instigating unnecessary collective hysteria, panic, fear, anxiety, and terror, the main protagonists at the newest plot.
Fear has dismissively been portrayed in suspicious manipulative manners, largely contributing to plunge down human emotions into states of despair and hopelessness. Facing death with such daily proximity is a tough endeavour indeed for many, particularly for those inhabiting death-phobic cultures. Fear of death has an interesting correlation with the fear of the unknown and uncertainty anxiety. Fear of death is symbolic, a mental projection. The idea of dying is experienced in the now whereas the actual dying is not an idea but an ever-present process entrusted in life that takes place from moment to moment till the last breath. We can approach the unknown and mystery with disdain and resistance but we can also choose to look at it with reverence, humility, respect, honesty, gratitude, grief and curiosity. A composition of those later qualities are beneficial for the remaking of a versatile soil from which fresh perspectives, healthy organisational notions and models may bloom gracefully in a closer alignment with the way of nature functions. In this respect, an intimate dialogue with the unknown appears to be a wise habit to integrate frequently, a human skill, that once sharpen, may provide the necessary strength, emotional intelligence and practical tools to weather the storm with lightness and perspective.