I do not feel comfortable returning to pre-pandemic activities
Question from the Internet:
“As of March 29, 2021, do you feel comfortable returning to your pre-pandemic activities?”
This “return” at this stage of course is very different from country to country. But overall I am not comfortable returning to pre-pandemic activities and I do not think we can return to them.
We still do not want to admit that our world before the pandemic was not that good that we should frantically yearn to return without any adjustments.
After all, our socio-economic system has been in deepening crisis for decades, artificially kept alive with different “virtual” bailout and stimulus packages. We all know that our system built on reckless, excessive overconsumption and ruthless competition cannot be sustainable, but we close our eyes and march forward.
Societies are broken, the classical family model is broken, unemployment was rising, climate change is worsening, cold war between world powers was revived, and so on.
Then we “proved” during the pandemic that we are utterly incapable of global cooperation, establishing effective leadership during an acute health crisis. So we can imagine what would happen with a much more deadly plague when individuals and nations only care about themselves and try succeeding, surviving at each other’s expense.
The pandemic gave us a pause, a time to rethink our lives, it also forced us into a certain rehab, disconnecting us from our usual, blind chase for selfish pleasures, accumulating whatever we can for ourselves.
It is almost a year and a half since the pandemic started but we are still not asking the right questions, we are not looking into the brutally honest mirror the virus provided so we could change our lives for the better. Blindly accepting the usual media and entertainment brainwash we all want to “return” to where we were like zombies, even it means a seemingly inevitable total collapse, volatile chaos within this generation.
So I am very much not comfortable.