Gas is cheap but nobody’s filling up. Houses are full but streets are empty. Businesses are falling like dominos. This is our new normal.
It happened so quickly and drastically that we even talk about time in a different way, saying things like “Quarantine Day 15” to acknowledge life before and after the coronavirus pandemic hit.
In a crisis, reality changes. The normal ways of functioning stop working. We must match the strangeness of the situation with changes of our own.
This is the first part of a series of essays. Read Part II here.
*Gaslighting, if you don’t know the word, is defined as manipulation into doubting your own sanity; as in, Carl made Mary think she was crazy, even though she clearly caught him cheating. He gaslit her.
Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and…