The thing is, historically, pandemics have often caused big turning points in human society which have had lasting impacts. Things like the Renaissance and the decline of serfdom in Europe.
Empires have fallen because of pandemics. Authorities have lost credibility after their failures. Societal structures and traditions have been called into question. Philosophy and politics have seen shifts. And places which committed to protecting their populations have typically emerged stronger.
If nothing else, the coronavirus has already served to highlight that the status quo, so beloved by our authorities, is inherently weak.
The old concept of "normal" is probably gone. Things will be different when this is over. What the difference will be, however, is yet to be seen.
@Cyborgneticz Anytime! I try to take comfort in the idea that the failures of systems we're seeing right now might be the beginnings of their ends.
@InvaderXan working on that. I'm part of an organization working for peace around the world...easy, right?
@InvaderXan The establishment in the US is going to make sure "normal" stays the same. That is, unless something else huge and unforeseen also happens.
@InvaderXan Those pandemics actually killed a significant amount of the population, though.
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