The Anxiety Era

“At Eternity’s Gate”, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

People suffer from anxiety. This is a matter of fact, in our modern, fast-pacing countries.

I saw anxiety in Shanghai, in Delhi, in Oxford and here in Lausanne. People crave for achievements, figures, titles, jobs in highly-ranked organisations and companies. We are told that we need recognition and reputation, to the point that our own selves are numbed by the idea of not getting any. Our real aspirations and most unique skills get wiped away.

I am tired of seeing all this. We got to the point that you are worth more for typing tweets at the UN rather than working in field, saving lives in conflict-torn countries, in invisible hospitals, where electricity is a daily guess.

I become anxious too, from time to time. But out of frustration, of being told to accept a job ‘because it is a good thing to put on your CV’, when I know I will not make the real difference. I am desperate to see a world where people will not care about appearance, and will make the change invisibly.

Juniors, Seniors, Consultants, Chiefs take it easy — the world doesn’t need six-figures salaries positions. We need honesty, human engagement, communitarian effort and a passionate drive towards the real change. So roll up your sleeves and push that ahead — your titles at the end of the day are worth less than the leftovers of a drunk teenage house party if you cannot reach out to the communities that need it.