So it only took a month for everything to change completely. The novel Coronavirus arrived in stealth and delivered a nasty kidney shot when nobody expected it. It has already rearranged priorities worldwide, not just in politics but in our everyday lives. Not all of these changes will be bad though. The virus clearly doesn’t care whether I am European or American, and will not turn back on the borders if it didn’t bring a passport this time.
Not sure how the situation is in America, but here in Hungary, I left my window open the other day, and what I heard made me feel extremely nostalgic. I heard kids laughing and playing on the playfield. Every time I do my grocery run ( it’s right at the door of my flat ) for my girlfriend, I see people sitting on benches and talking. But not just a few people, a dozen or more each time. And not just the young, I see more old folks walking dogs than ever before.
Not that this behaviour is advised, the quarantine is a must and should be respected. But it sure seems like that the cyberspace and our phones will rank down in our lives, even after we beat this crisis. The sudden command that we should stay home made us finally appreciate the freedom that was suddenly taken away from us. Now everyone wants to go out on the fresh air like never before.
The amount of air pollution is way lower than last year, which will probably come up later in politics too. This proves that we could still do to protect the environment. It is not too late, and it wouldn’t be in vain.
It is hard to imagine a world where I can’t always buy bananas at midnight if I feel like it, but it might help local people to still do what they want and have a market for it in place too. The global supply chain will be forever altered when this is all over.
The constant pressure to work harder and faster will probably slow down too. The debt pressure is pressing against the landlords, who are threatening the tenants for the rent, who are without jobs to pay. Meanwhile, people in the know sell stocks and try to pile up even more money, preparing for a doomsday event. These events all highlight the inhumane nature of our society’s obsession with money and profit.
In the end, maybe this might prove to be the chain reaction that questions the ethics and moralities of Capitalism in general.
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