Regardless of what the official number is, we all know that the actual number of deaths will be far, far more. There is no going back.
As Americans we are used to everything having a happy ending for us. We are used having our way. Driving our over-sized SUVs. Flying out to Vegas or the Islands for a weekend. Having plenty of entertainment. And relatively little responsibility. But the times are now changing. And very few of us seem to actually understand that. What we have been going through the last 6 weeks will not just be a short term blip. We are on the cusp of a new long term change. A paradigm shift that will not go away by mobbing a State House with AK-47s and loud protests.
For example, you currently do not have a de facto right to a jury trial. No way to gather about 70 people in a courtroom to choose a jury and then hear evidence. And I don't think that is changing anytime soon. We may be entering a brave new world where trials are all done via Zoom conference.
For example, I am a season ticket holder for the LA Rams. Do any of you actually believe there will be an NFL season with fans in attendance come September?
For example, with meat shortages and other types of food shortages in coming months, we may eventually have to convert to some sort of rationing system for food. Especially in large urban areas.
For example, with 30 million people applying for unemployment benefits, and tens of millions more people out of work who do not qualify for such benefits, does anybody really believe life goes back to normal for most Americans just because at some point they may no longer need to wear face mask everywhere they go?
I really, at a gut level, do not believe that most of us understand just how thoroughly everything has changed for good. There is no going back to the old 'normal'.