Are we going to have a sad “new normal” following the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some people seem determined to make It so. Try googling “coronavirus” and “the new normal”.
What exactly does the expression “the new normal” mean? Origin of ‘the new normal’ as a freestanding phrase (english.stackexchange.com) provides some information on the origin of this idiom, but here is a straightforward definition.
The current state of being after some dramatic change has transpired. What replaces the expected, usual, typical state after an event occurs. The new normal encourages one to deal with current situations rather than lamenting what could have been.
Housing costs plummeting is the new normal.
Having less discretionary income after the stock market crash is the new normal.
She expected to be saddened by his departure and accepted her feelings as the new normal.
Spending less on entertainment is the new normal during economic downturns.
Now that the baby was born, having less free time was the new normal for the new parents. (from here (urbandictionary.com
We have reached a critical juncture in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have started reopening America for business, but we wonder what that means. Will there be a new normal? Everett Piper has written a couple of articles for The Washington Times that address this topic.
- Greatest threat America faces during COVID-19 pandemic is loss of liberty: This first article considers just how far we will go to protect ourselves. There is a point when we try to hard to protect ourselves that we cease to truly be alive.
- Despotic Oklahoma mayor bans fishing and visits to grandma during COVID-19 crisis: This second article looks at the tendency of some leaders to seize unjustified powers. These leaders wish to make our choices for us instead of letting us make our own choices.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) doesn’t actually represent a new threat or even an especially grave threat. In 1917 when the Spanish Flu began to sicken and kill some people, governments largely ignored it. That virus was about as bad as Coronavirus (COVID-19), but nobody knew what to do about it. In the midst of WWI, they also had higher priorities. Therefore, people stopped to help the sick, but otherwise, they went about their business.
In 2020 our technology has progressed. So we have tried, to save lives, something different. We have used a technique called social distancing. To carry out social distancing to the greatest possible extent, we have even required many businesses to close. Is this a good idea? Consider what Piper is driving at in his two articles by framing his two themes as questions.
- At what point does our desire for safety become self-destructive?
- When do leaders become despots? What is the function of our government? Is it to protect our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, or are we supposed to serve our leaders? Do our rights come from God or our government?
We have begun reopening business in America. We can evaluate the continuing risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) thoughtfully, with respect for each others rights, or we can submit to an irrational fear. When some people suggest we need to continue social distancing in the extreme, we can consider whether the cost is worth the gain, or we can just fearfully give in.
If we react in panic, we will see growing signs of four dreadful horsemen. If we are fearful, we sitfar apart asking sad questions.
- Do you remember when we sat eating and laughing together in restaurant?
- Do you remember attending a high school football game?
- Do you remember getting a haircut or going to the beauty parlor?
- Do you remember going to the gym?
- Do you remember camping in the woods?
- Do you remember going to the polls to vote, when elections were still mostly honest?
- Do you remember when children still remembered restaurants, live football games, barber shops and beauty parlors, gyms, camping and in person voting?