I had a conversation with a friend who was about to go on a “physical distancing” date. My first reaction was: “you are kidding me!” Well, she was not kidding and was in the middle of putting her makeup on. I just encourage her to make sure that the makeup more intensified so the other party will be able to appreciate her beauty 6 feet away.
Believe it or not, that conversation makes me think more about this whole notion of physical distancing (or social distancing as some might put it) and wonder whether it is a real new phenomenon or we just give a name to something or some ways of life that have been there for a while.
Our increasing need for privacy and insulation when we build a new home. When I first moved to Calgary, I was amazed by how much Calgarians like their fences. The first question my neighbour asked me when we first move in was whether we would like to fix the “common fence” between our houses.
Our increasing need for safety. We create subdivisions with the hope to exclude outsiders. Sometimes we build gates. Sometimes we block some of the streets. Sometimes we name streets with unrecognizable names so outside folks get confused when they wander into our neighbourhood.
Our increasing need for comfort. We want to have good schools for our kids, to be close to our preferred shopping, to be near to a hospital, to get to our yoga class comfortably…and we actually don’t really want to have some of them available to many people. We create clubs. We create “societies”.
Have we ever considered that these are actually the real meaning of social distancing? What we have to do now is purely physical distancing. So going on a physical distancing date is not a bad idea after all. For sure there will be no kiss on this kind of the first date.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12: 9-13)