The Day After Now Manifesto
On the day after now: it may be in a month, it may be more, we are going to be asking ourselves some questions:
What did we do during our mandated seclusion?
What did we do during our mandated seclusion to make sure this never happens again?
What did we do during our mandated seclusion to make sure this never happens again, and the world is better off?
On the day after now our factories, shops, houses of education, places of entertainment and social centers will re-open.
On the day after now our supply chains, transportation, travel, trade and distribution routes will be restored.
On the day after now we will step out of seclusion, weary of the simultaneous togetherness and aloneness of our homes, weary of four walls, endless screens and virtual contact.
On the day after now we will rid ourselves of the silence of isolation and the noise of the core group in your proximity, vying for space and attention.
It’s easy to dwell on the now: to screen-binge, to wallow in how everything we know has broken down.
It’s easy to imagine worst-case scenarios, and to abandon plans, dreams and visions.
It’s easy to see the now as a bottom-less, endless tunnel of dark with no end in sight: no work, chaos at home, no respite: extreme togetherness and extreme loneliness.
On the day after now, we will ask ourselves, what did we do the day before now?
What will you say to yourself?
Now is the time to look forward, go forward and prepare for the day after now.
Now is the time to learn, plant, nurture and grow.
Now is the time to imagine, plan, build.
Do it in seclusion. Do it in quarantine.
Do it with the noise exploding around you.
Do it with the deafening silence.
Despite the circumstances and on account of the circumstances, continue to fight for the day after now. Don’t miss the opportunities that will present themselves.
Now is the time for visionaries to envision.
Now is the time for builders to build.
Now is the time for investors to invest.
Now is the time, not the day after now.