Steady, (Re)Set, Go Slower
We constantly hear the refrain, “return to normal,” but haven’t we seen that “normal” no longer serves us: from wages, full employment and income inequality, healthcare and childcare, education and social services, just to name a few. (see my essays, “Something Must Be Said” and “Justice & Security For All” in Publications). Shouldn’t we consider moving toward a society of greater economic equality, racial justice, a healthier environment and healthcare system, as well state and Federal governments that serve the people and not the banks and corporations? Returning to normal will only guarantee that the next pandemic, natural disaster or even inept Presidency will keep us unprepared. The pandemic has provided us with the capacity to slow down and think more steadily about the future we want, resetting our priorities and creatively going for a transition to a more sustainable future that enhances the lives of all. We are capable of this if we put our hearts and minds to it.
Fiction recommendation: “Manhattan Beach,” by Jennifer Egan. Very readable novel of an emancipated woman in Depression and WWII-era New York who seeks to uncovers the mystery of her father’s disappearance. It has all the good ingredients of an engaging read: history, fully-developed characters, deep mystery.