THE NEW ERA OF ISOLATION AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL CHANGE HOW WE THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING
So much has changed, and is changing, in this sudden new era of pandemic across the world. Regardless of what you think about how well your government responded in the last two weeks, they are all responding now, and how. So we are insects in the molten amber of a new era. Everything has changed already. But we are sure to learn how much in the months and years to come. But for now, we are all in isolation, learning how to practice social distancing to stay alive and protect our loved ones. So what will we become tomorrow, or even next week doing this?
MORE THAN SOCIAL DISTANCING, OUR ISOLATION WILL PLAY OUT IN A NUMBER OF WAYS
For now, we can make some easy assumptions. For those who live alone, this will be hard. Boredom, loneliness and depression are all going to be challenges, if they aren’t already. But those with families will also face major hurdles. You may have seen videos of cats who are wicked pissed that their owners are now around all the time. And as much as we love our families, unrelieved cabin fever will be a high hurdle to get over every day. But there will be other issues, as well. Domestic violence and abuse will be a greater concern. Social distancing will have a cumulative affect. Throw in serious economic hardships, too. Or maybe you are working virtually in as your kids storm thru the house, trapped inside away from any Coronavirus exposure.
SPEAKING OF SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO PRACTICE IT?
But maybe you’ve already gone for a jog, while practicing social distancing, of course. And other people aren’t taking the same considerations, freaking you out as you go by. But what about the necessary store runs? Not everyone is being diligent. And you have to show patience not to take their heads off. Because the risks are high… And as for the bourgeoisie in the Bay Area? I want to throttle them. And all those horny kids on Florida beaches will have to come to terms with the fact that they are inevitably signing aged family members’ death warrants.
So I’m writing this. I’m socially distancing, and isolated. Try to keep all our heads on straight, and hope things don’t get too out of hand. Because change isn’t nigh, it’s out and about, wreaking havoc we can’t hazard a guess to yet.