Will the Next Few Months or Years be the Worst Time of our Lives?
We’re in a pandemic that is only beginning and all forecasts are grim.
Consider. Even the wars we’ve been in have been largely news events; a small percentage were personally affected by the Bush wars, tens of thousands died in Vietnam (which predates most living Americans), disco has come and gone, we’ve never had a war on our own soil, at least not since the Civil; the worst pandemic was over a century ago.
We’re not Poland,the corridor of invasions. The Great Depression started almost a century ago and deeply scarred many but they are almost all dead. We’ve never … OK, I think you get the picture. We’ve been spared a lot.
Suddenly people are being ordered to stay home. This verges on martial law. People who can’t live with their own thoughts are going to go nuts, looking for anything on TV that will help them not think how little they have to think about. Their lives will shrink spatially and socially.
A lot of people don’t handle solitude very well.
Others have a great vacation before them; read some books, pull out some instrument they haven’t played in a while. Take some online courses. They’re exceptional.
Will we see spikes in psychotropic medications, depression, domestic combat, suicide? Or just a surge of boredom?
If we make it, we can all sit back and laugh — King Crismson
What say you?