The Covid Pandemic has brought to the fore the important contribution social connectedness brings to the quality of our lives. Our first reaction to the threat of death by this pestilence was to emulate what control measures were working in China, where it began. And those were based on limiting contact between people as much as possible, because the virus depends for its spread on our nature as social beings. But then it became clear that this, unlike the previous Coronavirus outbreaks of Swine Flu and Mers Covid1, was not localized nor was it showing the expected decay in virulence.
So the hard lockdowns were extended around the world, resulting in hoarded food and other supplies beginning to run out as income trickled, sometimes to a halt, at the same time. Then began the growing clamor to rather perish-if need be by Covid 19 - rather than by starvation: for an active death rather than a passive one.
More Lockdowns Loom
Coming from both the general population and captains of industry (for different reasons), this pressure created a pincer movement from which governments could only escape through capitulation. Restarting economic activity, in many instances before the infection rate had peaked, meant engaging in a desperate trade-off of lives. It was akin to bartering starvation deaths for Covid ones. And as we pass the half-year mark with new surges of Covid 19 infections occurring where we thought they had peaked and dwindled, such as in China, it’s clear that this contagion will be with us for some. This is particularly true because of the long lead-time to an effective and safe vaccine.
Which means being prepared for intermittent lockdown reimpositions, as in India and the UK, as the grim equilibrium between Covid infection and starvation wobbles.
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That implies getting used to no longer bemoaning the new realities of global 21st century life, some of which will be permanent. It means governance that is increasingly tinged with authoritarianism, hopefully for benevolent reasons; so we can’t hug friends anymore, or go to a packed sports stadium, party, concert, church, mosque, shul, or school uninterruptedly. Family gathering are taboo, as are large funerals, going to commercial gyms, horse races and many others. We must also get used to the mental destruction of the pandemic, the sense of loneliness, depression, yes anger, and despair and grief for lost ones. Even suicidal thoughts. All these feelings gain destructive potency because we feel it’s necessary to suppress them. But the opposite should happen.
Whilst Covid keeps us apart for our own good, let’s nevertheless stay connected as much as possible. We can do this through things like phone calls, chat groups, video meetings, and on all these, openly expressing, rather than suppressing our feelings. We are connected, and it is in our nature to socialize.
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