The pandemic has changed us, now we can change society

A friend of mine in a band known for their incessant touring once told me a story about them returning home after a long stint on the road. When he stopped by his house, he ended up sleeping in the van that night, even though his real room was right in front of him. “We are ostriches,” he said, “and touring is our sand.”

Throughout the pandemic, we have been repeatedly told that it is easier to lock down than to open up, the insinuation being that a lock down – no matter how dramatic and destructive – has a brutal simplicity. , compared to the disorder of reemergence . This mess is not just logistical in terms of society. We also internalized it. We are products of our environments. As we repeat behaviors, we form habits, and when a context changes, it can be difficult to adapt to the new rhythm, even if that rhythm was once very familiar. Between Friday and Saturday of last week, everything changed. The restrictions were lifted with the drama and surrealism of a magic trick. In front of his podium, the Taoiseach pulled a rabbit out of a hat, and in a cloud of smoke, the pandemic was gone. In reality, this is not exactly the case. Covid-19 still exists, a lot of people are still going to get it, but we all know the reasons why the Omicron variant isn’t as worrying.

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