9/11 did the same and we're still in shock. it fragmented us and we became paranoid & dark. probably a good thing that it happened before the internet became what it is now. i dread to think what will happen after this. if you think comments sections & online discourse were already toxic, give it a month of us all being stuck indoors apart from each other.Yeah but what we are seeing now has the potential to irrevocably change what we consider and accept as normal life. I mean, this has the power to create an entirely new way of being. At least for a certain amount of time
i think it really boils down to mass collective trauma and the effects of that regardless of the form it takes. we adapt, yes, but we also carry the scars. if there is no sense of community (there isn't in much of the west, especially cities) then there is no way to grow strong in the face of adversity. that was the feather in the cap of people in past examples of similar mass traumas. they reconnected to each other. i think since the millenium and maybe specifically 9/11, we've been driven well apart. mental health is the thing to watch, and our mental immune systems are at a record low.
about the mundane thng padraig is talking about, it's that end of history, nothing left to discover thing, no? check the video i posted of victorian england in the time capsules thread. how they react to the camera. that's why i said i envy them.