For the second quarter of 2020 we would like to report on 2 focus topics
1. a series of articles and online discussions with our readers on the topic "Being truly human and behaving ethically in times of the Corona Crisis'
2. connecting partners with goals similar to ours; introducing Rock Your Life!
1. "Being truly human and behaving ethically in times of the Corona Crisis'.
The initial article centered around the necessity to take the position of the other. “The Other” is my partner and the neighbor or a far-away uncle. “The Other” is my newspaper delivery agent, the cashier at the petrol station and the cleaning staff in the hospital. “The Others” are all those who are now frightened, sick, isolated or those with existential difficulties. So there are very specific people who need our help now and we shared some very concrete ways of helping.
We then followed up with a discussion forum asking our members, supporters and supporters how they experienced the current situation. We asked:
What moves you or has it particularly affected you in the past few weeks?
What experience have you had in practical ethics?
Are there positive insights that you have gained for your personal life?
Or even changes in your lifestyle, in your exchange with your fellow human beings or in your inner attitude?
We summarized and structured the contributions and posted them anonymously on our website in subsequent articles. We did this to facilitate exchanges among like-minded people, which is the focus of our work.
In the feedback we received, we saw two major trends: First, the corona crisis forces us to reflect, to pause, to question habits and patterns of thought; secondly, from this distance it allows us to open our eyes to our neighbors and to practice humanity.
The messages we received from our readers were heartwarming and insightful and helped build further articles with the second one focusing on the topics of introspection, reflection and resilience, where we posed the questions:
- What options do I have in the current situation?
- What re-assessments can I do?
- Where do I get my satisfaction from in life?
- How might I want to set priorities differently in the future?
- What is a successful life for me?
Assuming there is an opportunity in every crisis, one can see that the fact that one is forced to break from the daily "self-centered hamster wheel and consumer behavior" to "looking out for others" - especially people who are in our immediate vicinity. This leads us to the second focus of the statements that we received: applied ethics. The crisis shifts ones gaze away from oneself to others - parents straddling the gap between home office and childcare, people in retail or healthcare with a higher risk of infection, company directors responsible for their employees, etc. Here, too, most statements are in line: This crisis is an invitation to practice more humanity.
The third article helped to take stock on our view of others and how Corona can change relationships
Some key points in the article were that nothing is the way it was. Prejudices are rooted in our social identity. It is "the part of the individual self-concept that is determined by the knowledge of membership in a social group and by the value and social importance of this membership". An uncfortable truth is that people tend to rate the members of their own group (e.g. Europeans) more positively than the members of other groups (e.g. non-Europeans). The corona crisis is now completely shaking that up: occupations in the care, retail or logistics sectors, which previously had a relatively low reputation, are now proving to be essential and important. The rude neighbor, who always seemed so strange, is now accepting deliveries for the entire complex.
Children yearning(!) for their teachers, and parents admitting that teaching requires a level of expertise that they just haven't got. Experts, who we considered to be infallible, are now admitting mistakes and conceding to not always knowing just what to do. Insecurity, uncertainty and stress is affecting everyone in one way or the other. Sure, some people are hit harder than others, but to be honest, you have to realize that almost no one gets off scot-free and that plenty of people are truly in need. Feeling so directly connected to these people is a new experience for us that can be deeply unsettling. Or enlightening...
Please note that these are only excerpts of the articles. The full articles which include quotes from our readers are published on our website: www.etchica-rationalis.org
2. introducing Rock Your Life!
One of our purposes is to serve as a platform for connecting partners with goals similar to ours. For example by connecting GlobalGiving / Apple Benevity and Apple Education with an organization called Rock your Life! We are proud to support them and we are happy that one of the founders of Rock Your Life (Elizabeth Hahnke) has agreed to be a keynote speaker in our next PhiloBrunch that we will host once the social distancing restrictions are further eased, allowing us to have physical meetings.
Here is a brief introduction of
BACKGROUND: Education paves the way for the future for everyone and society. In Germany, the successful transition of young people to working life depends heavily on the social and economic situation of their parents' home.
Young people from non-academic milieus or from migrant backgrounds are often disadvantaged by the education system.
In recent years, around a quarter of a million young people were unable to find an apprenticeship, while for example in 2016, 43,500 apprenticeships remained vacant.
Rock Your Life! approach: One-to-one mentoring program between young people and young adults from different social classes for at least one year.