Quarantine, Life in the Cocoon
June 30, 2020
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” ~John Muir
Quarantine vs Cocooning
The Covid-19 global pandemic taking place has disrupted our daily lives as loved ones have fallen very ill, many have passed away and negative economic impact is mounting. The term mandatory quarantine provokes fear in our minds.Quarantine is defined as a state of enforced isolation or a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease. It may seem obvious evoking fear is a control tactic frequently used to influence human behavior. Fear also takes away our sense of safety and personal power. Forced regulation, even when done in the best interest of public health, must increase over time to remain effective.
Cocooning is staying inside one's home, insulated from perceived danger, instead of going out. The term was coined in 1981 by Faith Popcorn, a trend forecaster and marketing consultant. It is used in social science, marketing, parenting, economic forecasting, self-help, religion, and has become part of standard English as defined by multiple dictionaries. (More Info: Cocooning)
In her 1991 book, The Popcorn Report, Popcorn describes cocooning as: "the impulse to go inside when it just gets too tough and scary outside. To pull a shell of safety around yourself, so you're not at the mercy of a mean, unpredictable world - those harassments and assaults that run the gamut from rude waiters and noise pollution to crack-crime, recession and AIDS. Cocooning is about insulation and avoidance, peace and protection, coziness and control-a sort of hyper-nesting."
Imagine if mandatory quarantine was called community cocooning. The first idea that comes to mind is a caterpillar cocoon as it prepares to become a winged creature. This transformative metamorphosis encourages spending time inside in an effort to learn and grow. It has purpose. Community cocooning encourages us to think of our own wellness and how we relate to our community as a whole. It gives us a proactive reason for staying home. We are encouraged to use our time in the cocoon to reflect, slow down, connect with those we live with, and emerge with a renewed sense of ourselves.
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