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The New Normal of the post-pandemic world has both a downside and an upside. Let’s tackle the downside first. Now that America has ended the Covid emergency laws, everyone is keen to get back ‘to normal.’ What they crave are the old routines, the familiar lifestyles, and the comfortable liberties. The problem for America and other nations who behaved in concert with the unholy trinity of vaccine mandates, lockdowns, and masks is that going back to normal is impossible.
The world has changed, and overall, it is not for the better. We have changed. Our government has changed. Our values have changed. Covid-19 has given us an unjust legacy of new ways of thinking, new values, and new expectations. It is overall, an unjust system. It is an unrighteous system. It is a system that exacerbates inequality, rewards conformity, and ensures division. The values it promotes are a cancer that will spread through the fabric of our nations and our hearts. Our children and grandchildren will stand in judgment over us if we survive at all.
As for the disease, it continues unabated and unrestrained, hardly extinguished by the vaccines that were meant to kill it. People continue to die, lives continue to be destroyed, and the government says little, or next to nothing anymore except talk about boosters, social distancing, and mask-wearing. But it is weak and half-hearted, like a man trying to give you something he doesn’t want you to have anymore. ‘Shut up, and move on,’ they say. A few might beat their breasts over Long Covid, but we are expected to forget the last three years because we have our freedoms back, what’s left of them.
Covid-19 continues to evolve as a series of strains and wreaks death, havoc, and mayhem around the world, even among the people we were told would never get sick, hospitalised, or die, the vaccinated. The reality is that if governments had any intention of keeping people safe, martial law would have continued, but those evils were about social control, loyalty tests and litmus tests for the future, and nothing to do with public health policy. It was abuse of power and corruption on a scale hitherto unknown in the West, at least for a while.
Let us be clear what will not happen. There will be no trials for the leaders of the lockdown policies, or their corporate backers. There are current enquiries and investigations, and they will, overall, exonerate lockdown ideology, vaccine policy, and government responses, though some might lament the negative aspects of Covid Hysteria in hindsight. If the narrative collapses around vaccine efficacy, everyone will plead ignorance, and say, ‘Well, we didn’t know.’
The corrupt will be protected, those who benefited financially from Covid-19 will get wealthier, and the victims will be ignored. This is how the world works. If you want to change it, then have a revolution, but as Lenin found out, you will have to kill a lot of people, and maybe it is a slight overreaction to a public health disaster.
What are some of the negative characteristics of the New Normal?
The decay of the academy has been ongoing for generations, and it is not surprising. Tenured academics are often careful about which battles they fight, and non-tenured staff must conform, or else. Some of the old hippies kept up the fight, but most did not. The slogan of ‘Make love and not war,’ was replaced by ‘I’m vaccinated. You’re welcome.’ Many of the old Hippies today rush for their boosters and have more injections now than junkies. As for the Western Marxists, those who are not calling for the death of the unvaccinated, most of them are too busy with their wine cellars, tenured positions, and paying their kids’ college fees to condescend to walk among us mortals. Covid Hysteria barely ruffled their feathers.
Combined, these characteristics are not positive, nor do they suggest genuine hope for the future. The New Normal implies the subordination of the population ready for the next crisis. The emergency laws, martial law, whatever you would like to call it, were the instruments of tyrants and tyranny. They are the emblems of neo-fascism, which is really what we are facing today, the economic takeover of the state and the end of the old system of representative democracy.
Some call it ‘corporatism,’ others ‘fascism,’ or maybe it is a revival of undiluted, unrestrained capitalism. We all know what it looks like, but we don’t agree on how to describe it; perhaps we just need a little more time. Politicians do represent someone, but they tend to be the powerful and the wealthy, and ordinary people are left to fend for themselves.
What I saw in Covid-19 was that many people love fascism, will embrace it, and will be excited by it especially if there is someone to blame. We should never blame anyone. Modern problems are usually too complex to even think about blaming someone. The temptation to blame a group of people for a complex social problem indicates deep, profound societal and individual failure.
It is not superficial failure. This is in the foundation, this is in the sinews of social life, this is in the fabric of society, and it is in the hearts, the souls, and the minds of individuals who gave up truth and morality for lies and personal failure. Yet after centuries of boasting and talking, the best the West can do is find another group to condemn, to persecute, and to blame.
The great and perverse irony is that the same people who said, ‘Follow the science’ came up with the term ‘The unvaccinated.’ The so-called lovers of science drowned in prejudice and irrationalism, persecuting those who were not vaccinated. This was not science, this was a deep ignorance, a deep misunderstanding of the human condition, and a deep failure of Western morality.
I might say God help us, but why would he bother? After thousands of years of God talking to us in different and various ways, we still do not listen, and we never learn.
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