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    The world is still out there. I am taking a trip to Tel Aviv. To see that the world still exists After a month in voluntary selective isolation I spent so much time in solitude that I lost my little social skills. Confined to me, I forgot how to talk to people. Now I am […]


The world is still out there

The world is still out there.

I am taking a trip to Tel Aviv. To see that the world still exists

After a month in voluntary selective isolation

I spent so much time in solitude that I lost my little social skills.

Confined to me, I forgot how to talk to people. Now I am out of my cave, blinded by sunlight.

A coffee in Tel Aviv

, buying a fancy coffee & walking around is exciting

. I thought I would leave my hiding place to see a world in ruins with zoombies crawling around. Everything seems surprisingly normal.

Shops are open. Buses and taxis drive around.

The cafés are serving breakfast as usual.

Survivors of the plague aren’t scavenging for whatever they can find. Life goes on with its own force. We adapt to live side by side with the virus because this is what mankind does.

We adapt. And so I do

Granovetter, M. S. (1973)

. The strength of weak tiesAmerican journal of sociology78(6), 1360-1380.

Granovetter (1973) wrote about the strength of weak ties, and I wish to write about the strength of ties that are not considered at all. How important are the people who hang out on the boulevard as you walk by it, the people you encounter on the street, those who sell you coffee, those in the background, the ones you tend not to notice until one day they are gone?

Our minds tend to filter the people in the background as useless information. We don’t remember every person that crosses our sight, but seeing people is essential. The MASSES matter, invisible to us on regular days; a crisis reveals that the MASSES matter, we need them to, and we belong with the masses.

Usually, the concept of masses has a bad connotation to it, thanks to Hannah Ahrendt.

(Baehr, P. (2007). The “Masses” in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism. The Good Society16(2), 12–18. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20711261)

A trip to Tel Aviv after a month of voluntary confinement made me love them.

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