“Somehow, during these crazy times, we should never stop seeking to figure out how to be absolutely sane, together!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
One day in the future, the era in which we live will be the subject of many a PhD thesis, a Masters project, a massive research undertaking – into the study of human behaviour and interaction (among other things. Maybe the collapse of democracy as a concept….)
I wonder what they will find?
Certainly a society with a lot of short fuses – which is to be totally expected when complex situations are too easily reduced to a different interpretation.
Right now, we are all living through a period of time in which society is busy learning how to function and survive in a strange and complex world. We’re all in the middle of a massive Petri dish of distancing, and emotions are often all over the map. (Of course, researchers will also study the cohort of those in our society who don’t give a damn, and would prefer to proclaim their maskless freedom as they march their fellow citizens to an early grave….)
The result is that quite often, simple comments become misconstrued as careless reactions, carefully thought out words become misinterpreted as verbal grenades, and careful assessments are seen as blunt commentary. It’s all too easy when emotions are running high to react too quickly before the moment of second sober thought kicks in.
It’s to be expected – most people have never had to live through such a strange world of complex social interaction before. We’re all coming up with coping strategies as we go, and sometimes the edge of the strategy comes into conflict with our desires.
It’s all a part of the process – and as a trend, is truly defining the nature and underpinning of all human interaction for decades to come. We’re in unknown territory, and so the best of us must always work together to try to draw this new map together!