Everything went wrong. As far as I am concerned, the world has been on fire since the 14th of March 2020 when I returned from what became my final day at Sheridan College. Because one short week later, all my classes had been moved online and all studio work was expected to be done in the confined square-feet of my home.
There is no doubt that almost everyone on earth was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I did find, however, that the amount of economic pain and uncertainty individuals and groups experienced was directly impacted by their position in the labour market.
For example, if Mr. X had a job which he could complete virtually, via genuinely helpful inventions like Zoom (Yes, I am looking at you Facebook), he would be assured a monthly income. Whereas Ms. Y, who worked as a sales assistant at J-Crew, and needed to interact one-on-one with potential customers, found that her job vanished and that she was (at best) furloughed!
Things got worse (or better, if that’s your perspective) when the death of George Floyd in the United States triggered mass protests against police brutality across the globe.
Now, I fully support the right to protest and believe that it is a key step to ensure systemic change. Nearly every fully-developed democracy guarantees its citizens’ right to protest while citizens of countries that do not do so, protest to enable change, regardless.
That said, WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC PEOPLE! Most people have been trapped in their houses BECAUSE UNCHECKED, EXCESSIVE SOCIALIZATION would INCREASE the spread of the virus. This would consequently OVERWHELM our public healthcare system, which has already suffered from years of under-funding.
There. I said it. I got it off my chest.
And I am lucky to be an relatively obscure personality because there would be an avalanche of Abuse or Adulation in the comments section if I were even mildly relevant. Or on social media, where I will likely post this to (cue sinister music) increase my views.
Not to be outdone by the folks at #BlackLivesMatter, everybody else with a Voice & a View was out to protest against what they believed was the greatest threat to a stable society.
In Toronto, for example, the Anti-Mask Brigade, the BDS (in Israel) people , the Unfairly Evacuated During A Pandemic and the [insert the name of any arbitrary protesters] were all out to in full swing!
So, I’ll say this again – slowly and calmly.
WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION ENABLED PANDEMIC!!!!
So please stay at home, whatever your political and personal views may be.