Imagine playing with your orchestra on a floating stage that is otherwise anchored in the industry, in the region, in the legislative framework, and so on. When the wave comes, the stage rocks a little, but no major harm is caused. Even if someone drops an instrument from their hand, they will pick it up and use it as ever in no time.
Sometimes there is a storm – in the form of takeovers, reorganizations, cost-cutting, counting heads. A new conductor arrives, the first violin goes to the second row, the percussionists are fired, the brass section is already learning to blow the new horn. Definitely uncomfortable, but the survival instinct keeps us alive.
It gets severe when a ‘tsunami’ occurs, a pandemic or other large-scale phenomenon that we are not prepared for and which always causes a breakdown of the balance. The consequences have a powerful and devastating resonance. If we are near the epicentre, there may be nothing left of our stage. And even if we are far away, we can suffer terrible damage. This is a situation that is hard to be prepared for. It is certainly wise to be well anchored in a human dimension; for when the going gets tough, it is only the people who will build the new stage.