Democracy in times of Corona Virus
It is natural that for reasons of importance and urgency, part of the efforts are concentrating on tackling the health crisis, through various exceptional means, it is also necessary not to neglect the wounds that the disease may leave on the political and social body , nor the instruments that must be activated to enable a rapid economic recovery, because, after all, all this is inextricably related.
Policy in Sweden is based on the confidence that citizens will follow the directions given to them such as distancing themselves and not meeting in large groups. That trust is a substantive agreement between the State and the citizens.
Pierre Schori, a Swedish diplomat and president of the Olof Palme Foundation, explains that, in general, "Swedes have confidence in their public institutions."
Conscious of this reality, confidence must continue to be placed in government representatives, convinced that, beyond the mistakes they may make (or have made), they are doing everything possible to face the challenges they face. we are exposed in the last time.
However, since in Sweden there are no subjects, but citizens, responsibility cannot be / should be abandoned where oblivion lives, which not only consists in collaborating loyally in complying with the Government's instructions, but also lies in becoming aware of that precisely because we live in a democratic State, its survival depends, ultimately, on each and every one of us.
Democracy is as precious as it is delicate. Sometimes a small amount of wrong decisions or actions, even without bad intention, is enough for what seemed solid to end up fading like a breath in the middle of the hurricane. Therefore, our responsibility, as citizens, is to be very vigilant so that something like this does not happen.
I feel that we as responsible beings can do more.
Bibliografía BBC - theconversation