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Right now, I am feeling: redundant
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Redundant

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No longer required.

That’s what redundant means.

And it is a word that many people will have heard in the last few weeks as the global economy deflates.

Sorry, you are being made redundant.

You are there. But no longer required. No longer useful.

To be needed is not on Maslow’s great pyramid of needs. That is because it is probably the napkin on which he first drew it. (And then probably tossed it away. Irony.)

So, to be made redundant, is the have the bottom of your world fall out from under you. …

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Online

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We are all online now. Because of this nasty bug that’s going around. We have always been online, but now we have to be online. And that’s different because we don’t like to be forced to do things.

Online. And alone.

More than a disease of the lungs, coronavirus is a disease of loneliness.

Every day people are eating alone. Drinking alone. Watching TV alone.

And they are dying alone. If you are dropped off at an ER with suspected COVID-19 your family will watch you get wheeled through glass doors and if you die in there you will die alone. Or maybe an anonymous nurse, with just her eyes peeking out above a mask, will hold your hand with her thick rubber glove as you struggle through that last breath. …

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Somewhere in the world, there is someone or something, that is sending me messages.

Whatever it is, it is using a form on my personal website to send me cryptic messages.

It started not long after I changed the front page of the site with a silly form that was intended to start a conversation with whoever landed on it. Just a simple question.

How are you? No, really, how are you?

A few days later the first email came in. As an answer, it was just one random word. And then, the email address of the sender and then the name, written twice. The name seemingly didn’t correspond to the email address. I googled the email addresses, and they always seemed to belong to someone … but never the person whose name was in the sender field. …

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Leon Jacobs

ECD at Emakina, Brussels | http://www.leonjacobs.com

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