Tyrol - a country in lock down.
It was 3 months ago - my critical report on the future of Tyrol. Although the question "Quo vadis Tirol" is the same, it takes on a completely different meaning in the face of this crisis. Does tourism turn out to be Tyrol's sword of Damocles?
Gone is the time when thousands of tourists flooded the country. Gone is the time when you had to banish a way through crowds in the city to get from A to B. But also past the time when you could still enjoy the beauty of nature without any worries. It was 3 months ago when I asked myself the Fage about the future of Tyrol. At that time, I did not know the answer to the question of what should happen here in Tyrol, with mass tourism and the sell-out of nature.
Now that in 3 weeks the entire world order seems to be redefining itself, everything that has been done so far is being called into question and Tyrol is looking into a health and economic disaster - now we know much less answer to the question "Quo vadis Tirol?".
I consciously choose exactly this post picture at the start. It was recorded by us on the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze. At that time there was a construction site on the mountain station by chance and this tonne-heavy concrete block hung on a crane. Now I think this picture hits the nail on the head. The beauty of Tyrol and the love of tourism - symbolically represented by the colossus, which hovers over Tyrol like a sword of Damocles.
According to recent reports, the Corona crisis will not only push the population to the brink of ruin in terms of health and finance. In politics, too, heads will roll, now that, in the midst of the crisis, the public prosecutor's office is already investigating for failing to report suspected cases. Politics has never interested me, but I have an opinion on it. If the lives of many people have really been put at risk because of greed and money, then Justiceia should use all its available means to exercise full rigour. Of course, as always, the presumption of innocence applies, but one thing is 100% clear: the nature of Tyrol, independent of its inhabitants, is still the same, beautiful as ever. It will also be nature that will emerge as the only beneficiary of this crisis.
Our nature, which we have made cough for decades through exhaust gases and CO2 emissions - which we have massacred and tracted through overexploitation and supposed progress. Already in the Bible it is written: eye for eye, tooth for tooth - in Tyrolean: like you to me, so I to you.
Did we really have this audacity to believe that Mother Nature likes all of this from us humans? Just let these ordeals pass over you? Now seems to be the time for revenge, the time of a thought sheet for all mankind. Now it's the cough and whistle from the last holes.Nature released only a microscopic virus, equipped with a force rarely seen before. A force of change that we could not have imagined in our worst nightmares. A small virus forces all of humanity, together with its progress and technology, to its knees in just 3 weeks. Strucktures built up for decades dissolve into air and the question of the meaning of life suddenly changes, from one second to the next, into a desire for life.
It is not too late. At the same time, this crisis is a huge opportunity that we human beings should seize. It is an opportunity to change our lives, but above all our sense of community. We can only go through this crisis together. Together as humanity. We have to stand together and help each other. Humanitarian as well as economic.Nature released only a microscopic virus, equipped with a force rarely seen before. A force of change that we could not have imagined in our worst nightmares. A small virus forces all of humanity, together with its progress and technology, to its knees in just 3 weeks. Strucktures built up for decades dissolve into air and the question of the meaning of life suddenly changes, from one second to the next, into a desire for life.
It is not too late. At the same time, this crisis is a huge opportunity that we human beings should seize. It is an opportunity to change our lives, but above all our sense of community. We can only go through this crisis together. Together as humanity. We have to stand together and help each other. Humanitarian as well as economic .
As it is called so beautifully – Tyrol thrives on tourism. And now?
It is far too early to ask this question. First of all, we have to solve the health problem. Only then can we see further.
It's only through coexistence. We can start with this now, with coexistence.
For example, it is still inexplicable to me how people can still go out jogging and cycling out of the house in groups, despite the quarantine. Ruthless towards the law, ruthless towards others.
Do they not understand it, or do they not want to understand it? Do draconian penalties really have to be imposed by executive officers who would have much more important work to do elsewhere? Is humanity really so stupid and brainless?
Again, again, also here from me the call: Please stay at home!Make yourself beautiful and cozy and stay at home. Does it just last 2 or 3 weeks, or do you really want conditions like those currently in Italy? How ignorant do you have to be in order not to be able to assess this situation and to deny this situation reality?
It is now important to join forces. Researchers around the world are joining forces, doctors around the world are helping out and us?
We just have to stay at home and make our contribution. Stay at home so as not to become even more infected with the virus. Is that really that hard? I don't understand why people don't understand this. Why does it even need a curfew? We should do this by ourselves out of a pure will to survive, or not?
Thank you to all the people who are helping now.
The tireless medical teams, the desperate nurses and everyone who is contributing to it. Just thank you.
The pictures from Italy speak volumes and no further explanation is needed.
Thank you, thank you and thank you again.
Hold on. This time is also over.
Does praying help?
No matter what religion you belong to, no matter what or whom you believe, it is certainly not a mistake for people to start praying.
Prayer and pleading, may this time probably be the same. Perhaps there is no God, no Allah or anyone else who directs all this. Or maybe you don't know. Prayers, however, give people a certain amount of support and security.
You don't have to go to church to do that, it's good from home. In the circle of the family or in the little chamber all for himself.
And no one should be ashamed of it. Especially in times like these, people return to faith.
It doesn't matter what kofession they belong to, it's important that they believe.
We, too, should all believe and trust that this crisis will also pass. It will.
Only with what consequences for us, we partly determine for ourselves. Drum again :
Look at you, look at me.
Stay at home.
At the sight of this picture, a cold shiver goes over my back. Back then, three months ago, I was still thrilled by the gloomy and end-time atmosphere it exudes.
Today, I am shocked by how real these gloomy clouds have now moved into our country, bringing fear, insecurity and change. But please let us all stand together and fulfill all the government's requirements, so that despair, illness and death do not come out of fear, insecurity and change.
Stay at home.
All money worries can be settled if you still have health. Health is a top priority - only after the crisis can we clean up the economic damage. I don't think it matters at the moment whether companies go bust or not. Of course, it is economically bad, because the victims are again the population, which no longer has jobs. But I find it much worse when people die who shouldn't have died.
We must now stand together and help each other. A characteristic that the Tyroleans must be reminded of.
It's not about everyone looking for themselves - it's about us looking at ourselves together.
PS: This picture now shows us how unimportant such luxurious tourist accommodations are in times like these.
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