The philosopher Abdennour Bidar sees in the pandemic a hope of repairing "the torn fabric of the world" and pleads for the creation of an "island of weavers", where one can cultivate another relation to oneself, to others and to nature.
Jeune Afrique: Under what conditions did your own confinement take place?
Abdennour Bidar: Very well thank you. It was a period of calm, without travel, when usually and for years I have been on the road to respond to the invitations of those who are interested or interested in my ideas and my books.
How did you welcome the idea of staying isolated for several weeks?
With great perplexity, because like many I wondered what became of the simple democratic freedom to circulate, to come and go. For my personal case, it was an opportunity to reflect and write, to intervene in the public debate on the pandemic, whether on television [broadcast C Politics, on France TV] or through the stands, to Libération or HuffPost.
Quite quickly, you proposed an online conference in which you explained that we could make this event an opportunity. Can you clarify your thinking?
At the time, it was the opportunity to return to oneself, to pause in lives that were often hectic or even dispersed between a thousand and one things to do outside. There, by being under house arrest, everyone could take a little more time to think about their life, their directions, their deep aspirations and how to achieve them.
Theoretically at least, this opportunity was offered to all, because obviously and unfortunately for many, confinement was experienced as a confinement, for lack of space, and, paradoxically, as a period where, with telework and homework to do to the children, we found ourselves even more busy than usual!
You recall this sentence of Blaise Pascal: "All men's misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to stay at rest in a room. Do you think that the period allowed humanity to get out of entertainment?
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