Normal biases deepen during periods of great uncertainty, the desire to sort the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’.  Racism and xenophobia escalate during tough economic times, or after terrorist attacks.  The fear of coronavirus has already severely impacted the social and economic wellbeing of many Asian communities, in Australia and around the world.

While fear is a legitimate and completely natural response to insecurity and crisis, the consequences of this racialisation will almost certainly be more far reaching than coronavirus itself.  If left to run rampant, our continued panic is going to allow governments to separate us, to narrow our social and civic zones further.

To survive we have to allow our minds to expand beyond our fast contracting borders, to reframe our instinctive response to uncertainty and use the opportunity of possible system collapse to create healthier and more positive reconfigurations of society.

As we work individually and together to address the latest crisis of our times, across and between our social groups, the need for greater collective resilience is inarguable if humanity is to prevail.

Basic resilience can be found in self and mutual care, being kind and empathetic, looking after ourselves and others mentally and spiritually, online and in real life.  These forms of care can protect our communities emotionally as well as physically.  Research has shown that people who feel more connected to their communities can have stronger immunity than those who feel alone and lonely. Kindness really can make you feel better.

Over the next few weeks, the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance is going to be sharing a range of perspectives and tools to add to our community resilience shopping list, to counter the narratives of fear pervading our social media feeds. Please use them and share them widely!

We’d also love to hear your tips for building individual and collective wellbeing in a time of crisis.  Follow our Facebook page and share your top tips for self and community care.

 

STOCKPILING FOR RESILIENCE (CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW)

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PLAYLIST (CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW)

 

LOOKING AFTER YOUR COMMUNITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS (DOWNLOAD THIS LETTER TO USE AS A TEMPLATE BY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW)