Christmas muzak was already being piped over store loudspeakers the moment Halloween (which completely disinterests me since my children outgrew it) was behind us. Something feels different however and perhaps it's pandemic fatigue which has spent all traces of whatever innocence we had left.

No question that it has left its mark and yet I feel a relief because of it since it may have awakened us from our stupor. This tragic event which has killed millions worldwide has brought many to realize that life is fleeting and can be disrupted on a massive scale. We can perhaps finally look up from our cell phones and our shopping on Amazon.

Not everyone will draw the same lessons of course but enough will to permit a redrawing of the societal landscape; one which now factors in the apparent randomness of our existence here.

So no, it's not business as usual anymore.


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