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Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life?

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It's helped me realize my company doesn't really know what the hell they're doing nor care about their employees. That's for sure.

29 ( +31 / -2 )

I voted no. Not a rethink, more a reaffirmation.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

I found out that working at home 5 days a week is isn’t for me. Stuck in front of a PC screen is hellish.

I’ll be changing jobs in the near future and I’ll be looking for something which gets me moving around and away from a screen for hours on end. The very probable pay cut will be more than acceptable.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

No. I have always considered my wife and children (family) most important, so that hasn't changed. I am counting the days to when this silly SOE is over so that I can go down to Tokyo, visit my children, hug them, and hold them to let them know in person how much I care for them.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

I think that many people who aren't thinking about it simply aren't "thinking". There are many who are simply thinking if we all open up everything will be rewound back to 2019. It won't. Whatever comes out of this crisis will have some big changes in many ways.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Voted no, already well aware what is important. Did the reassessment exercise 20 years ago and again 10 years go, Perfectly happy with how my life is now.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Not has much as beating my prostate cancer. That was battle played and a battle won. But I've always tried to live every day of my life.

I have family in many countries all with serious pandemics and worry about how they are coping. So far all have survived.

15 ( +17 / -2 )

no, still hate my job and want to see family and friends but have to keep working. no other jobs are hiring or are even worse in terms of hours. COVID-19 just reinforced the situation not change it

5 ( +7 / -2 )

I'm surprised how anybody could vote no on this.

Shortages of the even the most basic goods such as toilet paper? Not being able to be next to relatives, friends, and loved ones? Social lives completely upended? Work either being done from home, or now from potentially dangerous workplaces? Millions of people now without jobs? International travel being completely disrupted and most likely never being the same unless a vaccine is produced? And of course, on top of that, hundreds of thousands dead worldwide [so far]?

None of this makes people reflect on what is really important in life?

Sorry, I don't see how that is possible.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

None of this makes people reflect on what is really important in life?

Sorry, I don't see how that is possible.

Maybe it's because some of us are older and this isn't our first crisis. (earthquakes, terror attacks, tsunami, global financial meltdowns, cancer diagnosis and treatment, etc.) I expect you'll also so through this again more than a few times in your life.

I hope you remember it during the in-betweens and that your in-betweens are long and drawn out.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

My family has always been the center of my life before any virus popped up. My clients and employees have been the main focus of my business. So no, not at all.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

It reaffirmed the view that most people in this planet are morons, and that humans do have the power to destroy society and themselves

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Yes and no. It's forced me to rethink some of my spending and travel habits, and to prioritize my time more. It hasn't altered my day to day habits much beyond that. I voted yes, though, for sure.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Its reinforced for me the need to get out of debt and build some savings as quickly as possible. Governments across the world have shown they weren't ready either with the right health equipment or the means to properly help those unable to work and earn money.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Life has changed and I think alot of the changes will remain post pandemic, but what was important in life remains important so that hasn't changed

1 ( +2 / -1 )

If nothing else, it has served as a potent reminder not to take for granted our freedom to move where we want and associate with who we want when we want to.

Every time I hear the voiceover people on the NHK news repeat that phrase "new normal," my eyes roll. It's happening so many times in every bulletin I fear they'll get stuck facing the back of the eye sockets. The propaganda is clumsy and obvious, though if it's repeated often enough it'll just become accepted as part of the lexicon, just as "flatten the curve" was, but this one is more insidious. Regardless of this pandemic's origins, this "new normal" is going to change our lives for a long time, and I doubt it's for the better. Freedom to travel, restrictions, entire cultural norms like shaking hands or hugging to greet a friend, social and cultural events, meeting in groups where and when we want - all under threat to supposedly keep us "safe."

There don't even need to be legal sanctions for much of this "new normal," just social pressure through conditioning and the risk of ostracism from people who are easily scared or don't put authority under the microscope.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I can't give an actual response yes or no as I think this is something that I'll evaluate after the event.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What was important before has remained the same, but for me, it's strengthened my desire to change career paths and do something that keeps me closer to home.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This has shown we all need a safety net. 6 months savings in case of emergency wouldn't be a bad idea

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It's helped me realize my company doesn't really know what the hell they're doing nor care about their employees. That's for sure.

SPEED said it best! My company were like ants with thumbs up their bums. (don't know how that'd work, but apparently they pulled it off!) Yes I got to spend a lot of time with my darling wife and son and enjoyed it!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It’s just confirmed how susceptible the public is to mass media manipulation and fear mongering.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Yes, to spend less time arguing with conspiracy theorists and people who politicize the wearing of masks.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Just prepare for the second wave.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

it's also shown up that vegetables already have the right daily or semi weekly supply chain that can handle the sudden load but other goods and foods not. This means longer deliveries for more processed goods which then become in short supply. Therefore don't depend on those.

Stock up on foods that don't require refrigeration nor freezing

Have a lot of different spices on hand for a variety of cooking flavours

Get a blender

Get more than one can opener

Pasta, sauces, home baking were real winners

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Just constant reminders of aspects of human nature.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It’s made me think that I should trust government and media even less than I did before.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I found out that working at home 5 days a week is isn’t for me. Stuck in front of a PC screen is hellish.

actually Im the opposite. for the 1st 5yrs I was in Japan I did a hard labouring job, out in the hot sun sweating my butt off, in the winter freezing by nuts off, while the pay was reasonable, I would of traded it for a similar paying office job anyday. Now my job is mostly inside I do get to go out a number of times each day so its a good balance now, pay is far better.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Late enough in life that I know what I want and care about and the pandemic may undermined that. Even more than 9/11, this may result in changes that are far more wide ranging and challenging than mere airport security annoyance.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

people who politicize the wearing of masks.

imagine that, people actually complaining that wearing a mask is a form of control than actually protecting them from infection. # 2020 conspiracies

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Fox “News” confirmed this almost 20 years ago.

Perhaps, but CNN did it in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1993, .... 2001, ... every time something bad happens, anywhere.

These days, I try to limit any news about death and viruses. Once a week, I'll check out some new detailed information, consider it, then move on to happier subjects.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My family has always been the center of my life before any virus popped up. My clients and employees have been the main focus of my business. So no, not at all.

I wrote something similar but got 5 down votes. Go figure.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It made me realize the following things:

keeping your home clean and in order goes a long way if you're gonna stay in it

maintaining communication with friends and family is a lot better than going to a psychiatrist

my company is really stubborn and does not care about its employees

you rely on your local community more than you think

the government is even more unreliable in times of crisis

white collar jobs are kinda dispensable and probably the first to go if modern civilization does collapse
2 ( +2 / -0 )

Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life?

Nope. No need to re-think if you're the type of person who makes a habit of thinking. Those that take control of their own lives, and don't coast through life on autopilot, make multitudes of minute changes to their lives constantly that they don't have these "re-think" moments, or "I didn't realize until now how much of a frickin NPC I am until now" moments.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I learned to stop complaining about going to work, going to classes and just getting out and seeing people in general. Where I used to loathe getting up and going through my Tokyo commute everyday, now I would pay anything to get that life back. I just miss socializing and seeing friends and classmates so much.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No but 3/11 had already done that for me. Ever since I've been doing the most I could.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Prepare to improvise.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I've come to appreciate the benefits of losing my job, and having so much wonderful free time makes me reluctant to return to the work pool just to earn money. A frugal, but satisfying life beckons with new challenges and, I hope, opportunities for gainful employment doing something I love, but I haven't forgotten that millions have lost jobs and my heart goes out to those who have found themselves in a much more difficult situation than me.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Staying 2 meters away from others is important. Learnt.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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