There will be emotional repercussions to this pandemic that we haven’t even started to grasp yet. I’m sure. Much like for people who live through a war but obviously not as visually traumatic. All the same, there will be after affects from this. I don’t even begin to ascertain what those could be and to what degree.
It is interesting to me though to see how this is playing out on a day to day basis. I have noted how small mom and pop (mostly minority) businesses that already usually employ their children are putting them in the front of the house now.
I see how my local hardware store that generally employs people of all ages and sex currently has an almost exclusive teenage workforce.
These differences may seem subtle or one-off, but I somehow doubt that. Walmart is considering going cashier-less at all their stores. Which I am completely against. For one, we have an older generation that has not entirely acclimated to automation. Plus, they are statistically the most lonely generation and their trip to the grocer may be the only human interaction they get.
I remember a grocery chain that tried to do this unsuccessfully a few years back. I personally liked the store. I liked the layout. I liked the products. The price point was good. But because the employees working there were used to not having to interact with customers when they did so it was always with a huge grudge. Which made having to deal with them equally unbearable on my part.
Me personally, I truly enjoy the comfort of my home and the lack of FOMO (fear of missing out) because there is nothing going on socially to feel guilty about not wanting to go to; like a fair, a party, a school event, etc. There is nothing to feel awkward about not being invited to, or not even knowing about. There is nothing going on to have to make time and find energy for. To me it’s a huge relief. It’s the extreme introvert in me that has ample room to breath.
But at the same we are deeply social creatures. We need social interaction, on a spiritual, mental, emotional health level. Social interactions also (generally speaking) help keep us healthier, because we want to fit in and comform to the standards of health we see around us.
And I truly hope this 6 feet of separation, this fear that is being instilled in us against everyone not in our immediate household, this panic about social gatherings and enclosed spaces, this terror of getting a disease we still don’t fully comprehend….. I hope we can easily escape from the clutches of this pandemonium once this is all over.
I truly hope we can.
I do have faith that the human spirit is indomitable. I also believe we have a never ending fountain of love and compassion within us, that we each just need to find. One that can propel us not just through this crisis, but through our entire lives with grace and humanity, comfort and happiness. And I hope that maybe this time that we have of reflection will lead us towards it.
But I guess we shall see what comes out of all of this once it is truly over. Shan’t we?