As we all grapple with COVID-19 from a practical and emotional perspective, I have noticed an increase in social media posts telling me that it might be what the world needs right now ‘to heal’ or ‘slow down’.
There were plenty of things wrong with our pre-pandemic society and of course there is always room for improvements. I am thinking about the government’s attitude towards climate change, or societal attitudes on cyber bullying – but I’m not sure I’m quite ready to see the positives in our global predicament.
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One such post that has been shared thousands of times on Facebook includes a quote by Kitty O’Meara that encourages us all to heal from our ‘ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways’ by ‘staying home, reading books and resting’, among other activities.
I understand the sentiment – a silver lining of positivity in an otherwise crazy world is certainly preferable to the alternative options of high panic and fear.
However, there is something about the virtuous call to go rest, or listen and meditate that I find hard to swallow and as a parent with a job who doesn’t particularly like staying home, (least of all with my kids), I am not sure I find it all that comforting either.
The idea that a deadly global virus is a good opportunity to take stock and ‘make memories’ with our home-schooled kids while we all good-naturedly play games and bake cakes, is at best hilarious and at worst, woefully patronising.