The beaches stay closed: what should we infer from this?
The beaches stay closed, that’s the decision.
The explanation given to us is the following: “the migratory flow from the regions at risk must be stopped, and not being able to control all movements, it is necessary to suppress the desire for movement”.
Could this be a valid motivation for such a restriction on our freedom?
A radical choice that shouldn’t surprise us much after all the violations we have already suffered. In fact, since Covid-19 appears, what emerges is an extreme state of fear thanks to which all the extraordinary and unconstitutional decisions that undermine our primary freedoms as human beings are excused.
Each of us is concerned, as always, about his own situation. In this way, those who need access to the beach for professional or recreational reasons, get upset and shout injustice, while those who suffer an advantage from the law, being able to continue to work or enjoy their sport, remain silent hoping to benefit as much as possible.
This is absurd. But it’s the result of an individualistic society.
What worries me, and I hope the majority of the population, is how far they will be able to deprive us of these freedoms, which we should legitimately claim
When an extraordinary decision is taken contrary to these freedoms, provided that it is justified and limited in time, it makes sense. But if laws are enacted after terrorizing people and no one (who commands us) is able to circumscribe, not even vaguely, the problem, it is normal to question the real motivations behind such violations.
The anguish of an uncertain future
Making sacrifices for a collective goal is right and noble. And in this case kitesurfing, as well as any water sport, is absolutely not the priority. But in order to accept these conditions it is necessary to find real solutions, because these maneuvers that develop over an indefinite period of time raise serious questions to which no one can find answers.
If, as has happened in the past, the virus lasts for several years, are you disposed to keep living in repression and uncertainty?
The absence of real and concrete informations, as well as the projection of a completely blurred future, inevitably generates a deep anguish, which is the feeling when we are pervaded by emptiness and lose all reference points.
In a state of anguish we risk bowing to proposals which, in a normal period, we would never have accepted. And that is what is happening right now.
The beach is a mere example, but not the most important. I take it into consideration because I am passionate about water sports, it is work place and it remains the main subject of my articles. I leave it to those who are more experienced than me to go into all the technologies that are being designed to fight the virus, but which considerably undermine our freedom and privacy.
So I wonder…
Are we coming to a point of no return? Will deprivation of liberty be maintained in the future or will it be returned to us? Is it right to compromise individual choice, individual freedom, our privacy, only and exclusively in favour of biological principles? If so, what society will we live in in the future?
Is the deprivation of liberty temporary?
Like all water sports’ lovers, and working in the industry, I have an urge to get back on the water as soon as possible. But that’s not the point. The point is what will happen to our practice? What will our sport become? How will our social relations will change?
By accepting this we agree to move towards a society based on social distancing, which is a contradiction in terms.
Do you really believe that you will be happy to do your kite hour, eliminating any human relationship, friendship or solidarity, for the simple pleasure of riding? That’s not the idea I have of our sport.
So, my reflection goes on the concept of a dynamic beach. While it would allow a first reopening for work and individual practice, it should not be forgotten that it remains an aberration, and as such must be considered. It has been rejected for the moment, but even if it does eventually pass, I hope that this solution will be temporary., and that it will not become permanent (something not so obvious at this time).
My consideration is due to historical acts, through which the government, using the “protection of citizens” as leverage, has managed to enact extraordinary laws, for which we are still paying the consequences. The patrioct act in America in response to September 11, 2001, the anti-terrorism laws in France that brought the city of Nice to install security cameras bordering on privacy, and we could still make many more examples all over the world.
In conclusion, the question that needs to be answered is this: how far can we push ourselves in order to accept the limitations they are imposing on us?
To each his own judgment.
I hope to return to the water soon, but my priority is to open my eyes and understand what is happening, what they are hiding from us and to re-establish the course of my “free” life.