From this observers perspective, this gushing all over each other is unsubstantial insofar as it is unsustainable. It is a flourishing of naivety. It is an over-the-top response typical of a global population incapable of holding the middle ground in the event of dramatic change.
COVID-19 has brought the global economy to almost a complete standstill. Where I live, the authorities allow nobody to work, unless you’re part of the emergency response. Any commercial activity can be pretty much attributed to vital services and communications. We’re in a kind of no-man’s-land regarding work.
How many of these people had a 5:30 or earlier rise just to get their kids to creche or some other form of child-minding? How many of these parents wouldn’t collect their kids until 6:00pm or 7:00pm and endure the slog every single day?
I know many of my readers are based in the US, and I certainly do not wish to offend any of you. But from my position of political neutrality, and taking into account what I have learned about the psychology of human behaviour, it appears to me that your emperor is naked and not many can see it.
These days I feel blessed. It’s been ten or twelve years since the global financial crash and although there is still the memory of its worst days in my mind, mostly it’s only a shadow now. The roads as I drove around the city over the last few days, reminded me of that time. Although […]
I’ve had a problem with crowds as long as I can remember — I can’t stand them. Football matches, supermarkets, cinemas, shopping centres, etc. They drive me crazy. Not because I’m anxious around people or socially awkward, but rather because masses of people in crowds seem to forgo their individuality and behave like automatons. On the […]
These are strange times — or rather, they are unfamiliar. Current economic and social conditions stand out from what we would call normality, like a pimple on the end of a nose.