Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Final Solution: Deja Vu

Covid-19 is producing a sense of déjà vu. Even the most free-spirited individuals have had their options limited. The normal span of behaviors is lessened. Common forms of communion like being comforted when you’re sick or being able to mourn the loss of a loved one in congregation with others are radically diminished. One day is no different from the last or the next when there are fewer destinations. If you’re a traveling salesman, you’re out of business. Many people who once went to jobs in offices are now working at home, where in the absence of meetings and interactions with others, it’s often difficult to differentiate the days of the week. Living during a highly contagious pandemic is also a forecast of what it’s like to be old, alone and on the verge of death when there are even fewer social contacts due to the diminishing numbers in the demographic. The condition of living in the middle of a pandemic is very much like dying itself. Those facing shelter-in-place or lockdown orders experience intimations of their own future helplessness and aloneness on a daily basis. 

Read "An Incident of Defenestration" by Francis Levy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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