Pandemic: Between fear and Mr Hyde

Author/s Riccardo Mazzeo
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/1 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 39-49 File size 178 KB
DOI 10.3280/SISS2021-001004
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In this conjuncture we see an undisguised fear, sound, a total absence of fear, i.e. a denial that becomes dangerous, and the most widespread fear, the creeping fear of Angst or existential anguish. The most effective antidote to fear is dialogue together with cooperation, reflection and introspection. Pandemic reveals, as in THE PLAGUE by Camus, that we cannot save ourselves on our own and that we cannot keep on feeling anthropocentric: if we consider creation as a mall we will pay the highest-recorded price. Notwithstanding so many cold-hearted people who capitalize coronavirus to pursue their interests, negativism is stupid and often lethal. The dematerialization of relationships that are inclined even more than before to be mediated by the screens risks to feed, on the one hand, a sadistic Su-per-ego in the remote workers engaged in their tasks without interruption, and on the other hand, to disabilitate us as far as competences made of off-line dialogue nuances are involved. In addition to the increase of inequalities, Covid contributes to the emergence of our unknown side, the "unheimlich" that goes with us and we have to live with.

Keywords: Fear; dematerialization; inequalities; anthropocentric; unheimlich.

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Riccardo Mazzeo, Pandemia: tra la paura e Mister Hyde in "SICUREZZA E SCIENZE SOCIALI" 1/2021, pp 39-49, DOI: 10.3280/SISS2021-001004