We are more than ever aware of our dependence on people working in service professions and living paycheck to paycheck. We are investing too little in education, health care and various other measures that would limit the damage we inflict on the next generation when we are faced with the consequences of our current economic and social system and its consequences for the future.
What we do know is that there is a crisis across the country for individuals, families and organisations that needs to change.
The benefits we can rely on will disappear, the hastily assembled social safety net will be cut, and life will not return to normal. The new normal is a new rule of behaviour and social organisation that will continue long after the crisis has ended, even if it does not. If we were facing a pandemic, we would be much better prepared, but we will not be the same as we were when we opened up the Hawaiian economy.
It seems certain that the restaurants will be different next time people go out, but that is only because of the crisis.
Is the distanced learning and further training, which is now imposed on everyone, applied at a higher level?!!!!
Ask yourself what the world will look like after COVID 19 and how you will go about it, and while the answers will be different, McDonald and Bushey offer a unique way to determine your future based on their unique electoral timetables to decide whether you want to let go and keep the old life or keep the new life that awaits you.
You can find out about the measures that have been taken to control the outbreak and how to get back to life safely. Will you become self-employed as a senior, entirely dependent on an income, or will you return to your old life with your family?
Perhaps your consideration of rethinking your life goals will make you realize that action against climate change is the responsibility of all. As with many other crises, the current health crisis will leave its mark on our way of dealing with the environment and with each other. If we build on the random advances we have made and continue to make in the way we care for the planet, we can imagine a better way of life.
COVID 19 could be the first step to ensure that we finally deliver on the impact that health workers, especially in rural areas, will have long after the end of the pandemic. Once the health emergency is over, we will see well-connected and well-resourced communities in the United States and around the world take care of a contingent of poor and stigmatized communities that will have been thoroughly destroyed by lack of access to basic health care, education, and health services.
Digital technology will become even more prominent and the hype of online education will be abandoned in favour of a generation of young people who will be forced into seclusion and reshape our culture with a conflicting appreciation of community life. We are likely to see an increase in the use of social media as a means of communication and access to health care. The hope is that we may care enough about the impact of the pandemic on the health and well-being of our communities to pay for sick leave without realizing its impact. It will also become increasingly common when we are confronted with viruses – free ticketing cards to try to reopen our $90 billion economies.
We know that life as we know it will never be the same after COVID 19 and, frankly, we do not want it to be. Nobody knows what the new future will be, but we all know that it will be different. We must face the painful lessons of the present and seize the opportunities to make the future even better.
We have worked so hard to get back and we had to work so hard that we never saw our kids lack.
To wrap it up, we fought our way through the Great Recession until the last patient was cured and the last roll of toilet paper was replenished. Like George Bailey, we long for a return to the ordinary, for the loss of day-to-day predictability, and for the days of normality, as we used to be. People are creatures of habit, and so it is not so much a question of getting back to normal, but of knowing what will happen tomorrow. When we return to old habits and behaviours, good and bad, when the blockade is lifted (what we call social or physical distancing), there is no doubt that we are looking no further than social media for a sign that things are “back to normal” or “as things were.”