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  • Writer's pictureStephan Busch

Keep your eyes open because we will have to change radically too! The world has changed because of t

Discomfort of the crisis?

When asked about the problems, stress and discomfort of the crisis I can not say that it has changed me. I had to adapt. But don’t we do adapt every day? Change according to the changes in our private and business life?

Social distancing?

Social distancing is not a problem at all for me. I talk more on the phone, contact people I haven’t spoken with for years so overall it has improved my social contacts. Coming from North Germany social distancing is in our blood that’s why it easier for us. I really miss not to be together with my wife. On the other hand we had this – job related - all over this years. We are veterans there.

Shaking hands was never my favourite

Shaking hands was never my favourite. I remember many receiving lines at cocktail reception when you had to shake hundreds of hands. The cold hand, the sweaty, the creamy hand, the powerful shake and the almost dead fingers that hardly moved. I don’t miss it at all! Hugging? I love to hug my wife – I hug my sister but everybody else? - please hug anyone you like- but not me. Giving a kiss as greeting is in many countries norm and I had to live with that too often. Kissing is over? Fine with me. I kiss my wife and if there is a virus we share it like we share everything – and all viruses – and pleasures - on the way in our life.

The one big advantage I have that I haven’t watched TV for more than 10 years. My wife and I are busy with work and enjoy spending long times talking to each other until early morning light when we have the chance. We also enjoy each other days when we hardly talk much all day but still enjoy our presence - time together. What is more beautiful?

Reading books is another of my favourites and this events give me the time to enjoy it even more.

One thing I realized is that we will have to change radically. In my opinion this crisis has changed the world in a negative way. Yes I read all the comforting notes that it brings us closer together, increases trust and respect for each other and trust in the leaders managing it and will make us more humble and thankful for what we have.

Does it? Will it?

If we haven’t been thankful for before and what we have now – then we will face more bad news. We will face unemployment on a never seen scale, a disappearing middle class, public survaillance that will top 9/11and will stay - and all the hardship that will come with it. I am not worried but I am ready to adapt and change radically to be strong enough to help those I love and those I admire and respect to enjoy the future. I will not become a slave. I don’t want us – especially the ones in hospitality – who worked their butts of – the ones in hospitals – who served more then others can imagine – to become slaves of a after Corona dictatet reality.

The German Health Minister suggest - as compensation I guess – to give your nurse a smile. Thanks who needs more? In an underpaid job for decades – it would be more then simple to offer double salaries – free of taxes – like all our big companies in Germany have. Mr Soeder gives 500 Euro for all of them because he’s dealt as a good candidate for next chancellor. That’s devided by four month Corona – 125 Euro per month! They had to pay more for fuel every month - and 125 Euro is Mister Soeders Lunch bill. Mr Spahn – the German Health Minister is a banker – no clue about health but a salary 9x times hire then the nurse. That tells us all.

Where are we going?

Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,

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