Making ends meet
Živković compares the influence of the pandemic on the individual with the “boiling frog syndrome,” a term used for a situation when a person is living in conditions that should be unbearable and unacceptable to her but she’s failed to notice it because she arrived there gradually, getting accustomed to each individual change over time.
“During all these years, we have lost hope that things will get better, that we will move in a positive direction; what has been debased the most today is trust, interpersonal relationships and hope,” Džamonja Ignjatović said.
“We are constantly living from day to day, waiting for a better tomorrow which always eludes us. You keep swimming and swimming, but the shore gets farther away. Of course, this is very draining,” she said.
“We no longer have empathy for others or even for ourselves,” Živković said. “Divisions in society are ever-deepening; there is no dialogue and we are ready to aggressively defend our attitudes, whether the topic of contention be vaccination or an underwear ad. This speaks volumes about the lack of empathy,” she said and concluded that in this situation, with zero institutional support, the only solution is for people to help each other. “We should lend a hand to the person who fell, and not just walk past them. We truly miss that.”
Feature photo: K2.0.