How the COVID Pandemic Showed Us the Humanity in Humanity

Jane Sorkin
3 min readOct 21, 2020

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This article is based on my own life and experiences in which I have been pondering the state of the world and the humility of our lives.

“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”
Viktor Emil Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

How can we be better at being human?

We have become more humbled in our experience as humans as the pandemic continues to change the lives we knew pre-Covid. The Global Pandemic has made us more alert to the fragility and finiteness of life. We have been given a looking glass into the personal lives of our colleagues through a screen. What has that done in the way we relate to others? People we may not have liked previously have become a little more human as we peek into their lives at home, hear their children in the background, or the dog barking at the neighbors. Managers have become more real as we see their children interrupting them while they give weighty speeches about money, business, and KPI’s. There’s even more of an understanding of taking time off and taking care of one’s lives throughout the day.

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