IT IS NOT OVER – Marilyn Armstrong

It’s the crowding that makes these epidemics appear more often now than they did in the past. The (it wasn’t) Spanish flu built its power in the trenches of World War One.  Since then, the world’s population has exploded. We are a crowded planet. I sometimes wonder if these plagues aren’t Earth’s objection to our abuse. After 50 million people died from the flu, the world was different than it had been before. How could it not be? An entire generation of men was gone. And by the time they reappeared, there was another war to fight.

There were a lot more people on the planet until the Black Plague killed off a lot more than half of them. After the plague receded, the world was a new place. Society was different.

I’m pretty sure that most people think that after this siege, things will go back to “the way things were.” Whatever that means. How were things and why would we want to go back to them?

I don’t think when the pandemic recedes we will be living in the same world. The world is going to change. I don’t know how and I don’t know if I’ll be around to see much of it, but it won’t be the same. It never is. Our “leaders” will try to make it be however they see the past, but it won’t work. It will be a new world.

Do you think American’s will still object to universal medical care? Or will everybody just return to their jobs … if they still have jobs? If the companies they worked for still exist and if the industry is alive.

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  5. After another round of lay-offs today I somehow still have a job. Since the “furlough” is for two months, I think a few are viewing this as a vacation. Some that would have been kept took the time off, allowing others to stay. The thing is, the needs will be reassessed in 2 months and I don’t think they will be calling people back so soon.

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    • It’s going to do that and much more. How long the changes will take to roll into place is a different issue. I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to see much of it. I don’t have another 25 years. These kinds of changes take a while because as they move in, they have to flatten what was there before. But it always happens. Not just epidemics, but other huge world changes. I rarely wish to live longer, but I’d love to see how we will change. It could be good. It could be what we’ve been hoping for.

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  6. Sadly, given human nature to not learn from the past, things probably won’t change all that much once this pandemic is over. And with Trump having rolled back environmental protections, I’m afraid we’ll be right back doing the same damage to our planet as we were before this whole mess.

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    • It will change. It always changed despite kings and nobles and tyrannies. This is a change that a bad president or a corrupt government can’t stop. The air is cleaning dramatically while we aren’t driving our cars. Will we see it happen? I don’t know. After WW I, for example, the world changed incredibly fast. Given the speed of communications and connections now, I think it will at least as fast and most probably faster. Will it be what we want and need? I think probably, though it will have to push through a few walls first and since I don’t see 25 years in my future, I probably won’t see it. Maybe we’ll see the seeds, but our kids and grandkids will see the harvest.

      The Black Plague ended serfdom and created central governments. WWI created modern research and toppled kings, queens, and kaisers world round. It’s not a change that you can stop.

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    • It’s not like after this, everyone goes back to their old jobs. A lot of those jobs won’t exist. A lot of workers will continue to work at home. Why? It will save money. Trump is an old man and he won’t see another 20 years either.

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  7. We seemed to have out smarted ourselves. Intensification, internal ventilation (which is nothing more than taking my air and sending it to your place) . Windows often don’t open because of this. Cruise ships that are so huge that pack in thousand of tourists into small cramped quarters… We need to rethink so many things that we just took for granted to be a good idea…

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