Disenchantment. It is, perhaps, the word that most accurately defines the days we live in: there was (or, rather, we thought there was) somewhere, somehow, once a certain amount of charm in our lives and in our work but it dissipated. There was an (illusion?) of perspective. This has disappeared.
Of course, perhaps all this is also a process of liberation from entrapping illusions. We read, for example, that in the United States a movement has already developed against work – see career.
The years of chain economic crises and the pandemic with quarantines and the rediscovery of personal time and space (not necessarily free but nevertheless personal), brought about a realization: that the Western model of life is seriously suffering. Work, so deified, does not have the magic it (supposedly) had and the established model of work is ultimately entrapment (especially with the conditions that gradually developed after 2010).
Coming out of illusions is of course not a negative thing, even if this transitional stage that we are collectively going through is unbearable as an experience. The downside is that disenchanting a life paradigm (eg, at work, in production) drags other valuables along: creativity, relationships, communication, and more.
Even this year’s summer vacation was “somewhat” for many, even though it was the first summer free from restrictive measures after two years. And yet, the summer of 2022 has already become known internationally as “the summer of discontent”. The everyday phenomena of climate change have also contributed drastically to all this. The fear of tomorrow looks like it comes from a disaster movie…
In a more strictly political context, we see leaders as well as ordinary citizens feeling this disenchantment with democracy, as if it were an overrated state whose basic institutions we can bypass. It’s scary but it’s happening, and it’s less and less ideologically or partisanly marked.
On the other hand, social networks brought about a revolution in communication and freedom of expression, as well as in campaigns for social contribution, but they contributed in a dramatic way to this disenchantment. I’m not referring to the famous toxicity, but to an, even superficial, syncretism that ultimately led to the opposite of charm, especially in a small country like ours where “everyone (already) knows everyone.”
Something dies and dies with noise, with screams, which means that something else is about to be born. This is what we are waiting to see, with much hope but also with much fear.