With respect to language our forced presence in digital meetings and webinars introduced a brand new vocabulary in our daily speech. Thumbnailing , zoom fatigue; cloud adverse and tik-toking are words we use on a daily basis that seem to have entered our lives to stay even after the pandemic is tamed and withers away. .
Then there are devices that have turned into permanent companions. Sanitizing gel, masks and thermometers became as indispensable as cell phones. And with them a sort of disgust with those that fail to carry them. To be sure, this antipathy emerges from the thought that non carriers have chosen their liberty over the lives of others. Indeed they are preserving their freedom to reject wearing a mask at the cost of transmitting a dangerous disease to others who can not only fall sick but even die. Before Covid 19 streets were filled with noisy, ill mannered and even hostile people. But we simply ignored them. Now we run away from unmasked people with wrath and contempt. And we register their faces to be sure to send them to social oblivion. I sometimes wonder whether masked and unmasked individuals will ever reconcile themselves when vaccination has reached every member of society. Or will they hold their grievances forever refusing to blend within a community or a country. If so, would the world once again be divided into Capulets and Montagues?
But where we have perhaps learned the most is to value human interactions. We have found how significant to our psychological balance are those noughty sounds of children playing ,that scolding from a loved one, the embrace of a grateful friend and the comforting caress we give to those that have lost a relative.
But above all, we have learned that we humans are incredibly resilient. In the midst of a massive and treacherous change we are learning new lessons every day in caring, in supporting others, in self education and in commitment. The world we knew suddenly changed and while we have been anxious, sad at losses of loved ones or afraid of surrendering our life alone in some ICU seeing our relatives through a cell phone screen, we are making the best of this trial. And that will increase the human content of development post covid19.