Driven by the fear of a second lockdown, Angela Merkel makes a dramatic appeal to us all. Unfortunately, however, the measures are less convincing than the words.
These days there are two perspectives to look at the ongoing corona pandemic and the second wave: personal experience and political measures.
My personal experience this weekend was that wherever I went shopping or exercising, the people I met followed the rules exactly, even more than in the weeks before.
At the weekly market almost everyone was walking around wearing face masks, the weather was temporarily mild, the sun was shining, and the mood was good. I copied and dug out the face mask. Reluctantly, of course, but then dutifully. You can get close to the fruit stand, the cheese woman or the florist.
Nobody complained, nobody rolled their eyes
In the fitness club, even the musclemen dutifully pulled up their mouth and nose protection when they switched devices, as it was written. Nobody complained, rolled their eyes or made a dismissive gesture. They acted as was the rule, reluctant but obedient.
I really don’t want to generalize my observations. I just move like everyone else in a small cosmos in a city district and notice how other contemporaries behave there. You shouldn’t overestimate your experiences, but it’s the experiences that you make and that you classify. More empiricism does not reach us in our own life.
Has Merkel achieved an effect with her Corona address?
One explanation for good conduct would be that the Chancellor with her appeal Has made an impact, maybe more than she thought possible. She didn’t act voluntarily, but because she thought she had to do it. I cannot remember a comparable situation in which she would have said several times in a row: What we have done here is not enough, you out there have to do it better than we in here.
“I ask you”: In her video, the Chancellor addresses the population directly with haunting words. (Source: t-online)
It’s funny that Angela Merkel, who is convinced that correct action can be done without big words, discovered the power of words in her last round and turned to us directly. And it is just as dramatic that she breaks her loyalty to those of the 16 prime ministers who, from her point of view, are cooking their own soup.
I usually found Angela Merkel’s political work to be good. It has steered us safely through crises, in 2007/8 through the global financial crisis and now through the pandemic. She kept calm and created trust, a great achievement, a great art. But I am not sure that she is right now in her assessment of what is necessary under the prevailing circumstances.
Above all, the uncertainty demands a lot from us
Will the pandemic be spread by people traveling across the republic to visit friends or family? But probably not. Will the increase in the number of infections be flattened by the ban on accommodation? But probably not. Does it make a huge difference if restaurants, bars etc. close at 11 p.m. instead of midnight? Maybe yes, rather no. Should we stay home as often as possible? Quite a lot to ask.
The uncomfortable thing about Covid-19 is the great uncertainty when the spook will be over. If we knew that we have to hold out until Easter or Pentecost, what is difficult to bear would be more bearable. This is always the case in life, regardless of whether it is about temporary breakups or healing injuries or a confiscated driver’s license. Once we know a date, we have a goal to work towards. And waiting in time is easier for us.
I suspect that the Federal Chancellor is also having a hard time not knowing how long it will take until there will be drugs or even a vaccination. The patience for which she first asked us and which she is now urgently urging us to have is a fragile and sensitive asset. The dark days drag on from now on and many contemporaries could ponder whether it is all worth it. Patience can easily become annoyed.
Hope the Chancellor’s words were convincing enough
Presumably the Chancellor is overwhelmed by horror when she looks to Holland (partial lockdown with curfew at 10 p.m., no alcohol from 8 p.m.) or France (curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.). By all means she would like to avoid something similar in Germany, both the terrifying numbers of infections and the drastic restrictions, that’s understandable and in our sense. Presumably, under this impression, she is already going further than she should. Woe, woe, when I look to the end – she wants to tune us into that.
We have no choice but to put on masks and keep our distance and hope for the best. We are more or less used to that. And soon we will know if our Chancellor found the right words to avoid the worst, the second lockdown.