The economist Milton Friedman said:
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change.”
Friedman also added: “When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.”
Only today, Owen Jones, Guardian columnist, wrote:
"It took the second world war to achieve what the Jarrow hunger marches of the 1930s struggled for: to illustrate the national shame that millions of people who were called upon to make grand sacrifices were afflicted by poverty and malnourishment."
Given what Friedman said, what ideas do YOU have "lying around"?
What would YOU like to be different when life "goes back to the OLD Normal"?
Who's looking for a NEW NORMAL?
Coronavirus has revealed just how bad some of our world's problems are. Not least, the cracks in our own society here in the UK.
Coronavirus has also shown us just how unprepared nearly all world governments are for a crisis. Even, a crisis which they knew was going to happen.
Coronavirus has shown us how resourceful and resilient we can be, when facing a shared challenge.
Lastly, Coronavirus has proved just how wonderful people can be.
Looking out for one another, being kind, reaching out in support.
Making one another laugh, going the extra mile etc etc.
How can we keep that goodness going when life is OLD Normal once again?
Let's start talking about ideas.
Other than overcoming the pandemic itself, that's the most important thing for us to do. And apart from following advice, there's little that many of us can do - at the moment -about ending Coronavirus - except stay locked down.
The life we might all be looking for, after the new dawn breaks on the NEW NORMAL, is truly UP TO US.
Author: Helen King