No herb talk today – again! – because I have something else on my mind. In these days of virus fear and quarantine, people are told to practice ‘social distancing’, even that social distancing is something they might have to continue practicing after the immediate threat of this virus has passed. It seems that the term ‘social distancing’ has become something dreaded, as though life were over when one cannot freely socialize (or travel, for that matter) anymore.
Maybe instead of dreading what is to come – a very unhealthy attitude indeed – we can ponder what was because we do know what was, whereas what is to be is altogether speculative. In other words, instead of fretting about ‘social distancing’, ponder the amount of socializing that people have become accustomed to.
Is it truly necessary to spend every waking moment in the company of ‘friends’, physical or virtual? Or indeed, in the company of people other than your immediate family? How about enjoying some quiet time all by yourself? Do you even know, let alone have any control over what is going on inside your head? It is the only thing you truly COULD have control over, you know, if you just put the effort into it. How much time do you normally spend pondering things, or reading for meditative purposes rather than entertainment or education? Any at all? This time of ‘social distancing’ could be a wonderful time for turning inwards, if only you dared.
At least, let this time of ‘social distancing’ be a time to reconsider the over-socializing that has become the new normal. Social distancing is what used to be normal. Only then, it was called discretion, indicating a cautious reserve in word and deed.