‘We will have to choose our apocalypse’: the cost of freedom after the pandemic

‘We will have to choose our apocalypse’: the cost of freedom after the pandemic

The Guardian

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To remake society after the pandemic, we must swap Insta self‑improvement for something more radical, argues author Sam Byers

Across much of the west, March is a milestone both surreal and distressing: a full year of life in Covid-19’s shadow. Twelve months ago, we couldn’t imagine what we were about to experience; now we can’t process what we’ve endured.

This was a year of seemingly irresolvable contradictions. Our grief was collective, yet rituals of communal mourning were denied us. We hymned the “global effort” to produce a vaccine, then recoiled into vaccine nationalism the moment that effort bore fruit. Even as Zoom held us together, Covid denial and conspiracy theories in the family WhatsApp tore us apart.

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