One day there will have to be an analysis of this Coronapop era. Not a five year long public enquiry, which is a shelf to hide things away. More a quiet contemplation, with a few guideposts for people to consider and hopefully act upon.
Two things mark the way already:- EGO has played a large part in navigating through the uncharted seas of Coronapop. Preening politicians are full of it, they didn’t get to be an MP without it. Make them a Cabinet Minister and put them on the tele and they get a double dose. The excess of ego is matched by a marked lack of HUMILITY. Indeed these are two sides of the same coin and equally blinding.
The two attributes can be a toxic combination, rather like Coronapop itself. Navigating in the dark is difficult by definition, but it can be helped by the more distant view of a satellite scanning other horizons. In other worlds you would call this benchmarking. But ego resists that, ego prefers to find its own way.
All this has been acted out in the media frenzy of headline-hungry journalists and the furious friend-gathering twitterarty. None of which leads to cool heads or quiet reflection.
Into this cocktail you then have to add a mixture of science and speculation. Equally brimming full of professorship egos, with a host of certainty and uncertainty. Academic careers to be crowned or crushed. Seldom tempered by the peer review of common sense.
On reflection there might have been another way. We didn’t need to wait for the Government to tell us what to do. Without the EGO of us all believing we are different and with the humility to accept simplicity, we could have saved lives ourselves.
Washing hands is free.
Social distancing is easy.
Masks are not a great imposition.