From what you see in the picture, we the Minorcans name it “enderrosall”.
It occurs when a wall collapses, in such a way that the stones that make it up lose their place in the structure which supports the construction and, in the end, the most part of the construction falls down. Here, the “enderrossalls” commonly take place in the “parets seques”, those which run through all along our countryside and split it into “tanques”.
Now that we are finishing up this year 2020, we have thought that ‘enderrossall’ would be the word that best defines it. The upheaval we have experienced this year has caused us to fall stones, and even entire walls. And it has happened as it ensues with an ‘enderrossall’: one stone pushes another, and this one pushes the next one, until all those that have to fall, fall. The pandemic arrived and, with it, structures that we thought were immovable, fell. We have been confined to home, we have seen businesses and establishments closed, classrooms without activity and saturated hospital beds. A full-blown ‘enderrossall’.
The “enderrossall’ is bad news. A shudder such as we did not remember, and that unfortunately has cost us human lives. Now that the wall has fallen, it has to be raised up again. And this means an opportunity to rebuild. Faced with an ‘enderrossall’, we can take three paths: first, to put our hands on our heads and lament it; second, to look away, putting our hands in our pockets waiting for others to rebuild what has fallen or finallty to get down to work and rebuild it again stone by stone. An ‘enderrossall’ is an opportunity to rebuild. To raise the wall again, taking advantage of those stones that still serve and provide stability to the structure, and discarding those that do not do well. And it is the opportunity to introduce new elements, new stones with different shapes, which allow the wall to be more solid and adapted.
The ‘enderrossall’ of the pandemic has disrupted our values. It has given us the opportunity to become human again. It has made us see what is important and what is essential. It has given us the option to reflect and rethink. By force, yes, but we have had time to meditate and ask ourselves questions that at other times, immersed in the maelstrom of everyday life, we could not even ask ourselves. Now we have been able to raise them and even answer them.
Learning can also be achieved from the worst experiences, and in this case we must also do so. We have to rebuild the wall, build the ‘enderrossall’, with those stones that we have decided to take advantage of and the new ones that we want to introduce.
Shall we start?