I am regularly posting these Pandemic Communiques on my Blog. To see them all go to: https://mcannarella.blogspot.com/
I wake up in the night, feeling warm with a dry throat and wonder if I have the virus. I dismiss it and go back to sleep. But, there are more cases now than ever. The normal that one might want to achieve seems farther and farther away. We are at an extended existential moment. The future is unknown.
I suppose this is more realistic– thinking one knows the future is an illusion, and yet culture, our culture plants the seeds and creates the markers for this illusion that the future is secure, corollary, one is safe and immortal, this against all evidence.
I suppose my surprise at how strong ideology is, some who are able to deny the science of the virus, is not that different then this culturally propagated belief, the future is known and secure.
The pandemic brings this belief into question and we can call it existentialism. No, the future is not known, so get over it. Life is a fragile gift, we don’t know what happens tomorrow. Many people, and cultures have lived with this knowledge. And so can we!