Lockdown ends today here in France. Every nanosecond crept by. I ate and drank well, basked in the Mediterranean sun on my balcony, worked, read and wrote. During my lockdown, I was able to regularly engage via technology with family, friends and business peers.
- As the pandemic began to unfold, everyone would share their concern about getting sick, the COVID-19 statistics, social distancing and how the outbreak would impact their personal life. Perspectives about a post-pandemic world were myopic.
- The #1 overused cliché: “It is, what it is” meaning we all have to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, a challenging, frustrating situation that cannot be changed. Most people indicated we just have to deal with it.
- As the curve began to flatten and details emerged about re-opening the world, people were buzzing about a vaccine being the solution without recognizing the geo-politics, time line and dollars associated with global vaccines.
- Everyone understands we are going to witness major global transformation (social, economic and political) and experience the “New Normal.”
“New Normal?” The definition of normal – conforming to a standard, usual, typical, or expected. A standard day? A typical week? I do not accept the concept of the “New Normal.” Instead, I believe we now live in a “New World,” a world where one size does not fit all. Example: The different ways three countries handled the outbreak – Sweden with herd immunization, France with strict lockdown rules and the United States with mixed messaging resulting in chaos.
Over the past few weeks, I have published numerous posts advocating “to build a better world, start in your community.” As I get ready to leave my apartment later this morning, I am prepared to face the unknown challenges of the “New World” where one size does not fit all.
Jimmy here in Chicago we are still under fairly tight lock down. The only good news is after all these years working out of a home office it is less a burden for us than those that had done so before.
I don’t share this view. Many health people scientists working globally to attack virus and promote tools to reduce cases and deaths until vaccine developed. Where I sit deaths persist and many people coldly realistic about a very changed future but priority is waging war on disease first. Our own gov a disaster and other countries practically ignoring us. Reopening economically very tied to disease management. Right now new children deaths in nyc !
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It will truly be a brand new world in the coming months- perhaps years. It’s scary to see that so many still believe that we can return to anything close to a ‘new normal.’ Too much has changed.
Jim- the following may be a cliché, but I believe it’s true… “the only thing that is constant is change” (Heraclitus 500 BC). Assuming that is true, why is anyone searching for “the new normal”? It’s going to change. That doesn’t mean we have to accept the abnormal or the dysfunctions we’re living through in the present day. Also doesn’t mean we shouldn’t aspire for something better. I saw a picture of a smog-free day in Paris around the Arch De Triumph. Wouldn’t it be nice to have 365 days like that one day in Paris, LA, Rio, London, Shanghai, New York, and worldwide. Change is the only constant; therefore, let’s adjust our minds and behaviors to help change things for the betterment of all mankind. If we don’t, the folks in Washington, London, Moscow, Rio, Lagos, Kabul, New Delhi, Beijing, and other places where the dysfunctional thrive, will lead us to the changes they prefer.