No, we cannot return to “normal”. Instead, we have to choose “natural”.
Our “normal” is within our inherently egocentric, selfish, exploitative and fiercely individualistic reason, which reason has built the present Human socio-economic system, and all previous Human civilizations through history.
As a result of this “normal” we have been helplessly repeating the same mistakes, crimes in different circumstances, going through history’s recurring, vicious cycles.
What we mercifully forget during this pandemic, that our own actual civilization — lead by the Western kind of lifestyle, which we thought would be perfect with its parliamentary democracy and free-market capitalism — was already on the verge of our own civilization-ending meltdown, explosion. Our inherent, selfish egos, our drive to succeed, survive at the expense of others distorted, corrupted even the best-looking structure.
It does not matter how many trillions of dollars of virtual money we will pump into this dying system (which was already on life support with multiple layers of debt, manipulations before for decades), it does not matter what ideologies we want to try again from Communism to Nazism or try combining ideologies like the Chinese, it won’t matter if we keep electing leaders who are not carrier politicians and even the increasingly attractive wars won’t help us.
Our “normal” does not have the right to exist in Nature’s fully integrated and interdependent system, where “iron”, natural laws sustain a fragile balance and homeostasis without which life, a positive development is impossible. At this stage, our Human laws, principles, system with our insatiable, excessive, exploitative economy and its serving arms is completely opposite, offending to Nature’s laws.
This is why our system started collapsing. Not because Nature is “punishing us” as many suggest, but because very simply by not keeping the Laws of Nature that govern the infinitely greater, stronger system compared to us, we ourselves are punishing ourselves, exactly like a fool who thinks the law of gravity does not concern him so he jumps off the top of a skyscraper without protective gear.
Thus instead of going back to “normal”, within our own reason, instincts, we need to go forward to “natural”, consciously, methodically learning the Laws of Nature we are obliged to keep in order to survive. We could even say that we have to swap our own reason to Nature’s reason, seeing ourselves and the world not from our own, egocentric, subjective, single-cell point of view, but learning how to see reality from a selfless, objective, systematic, multi-cellular viewpoint.