I have probably been on the phone over the last few weeks more than I have in the previous twelve months. I am still using email, of course, and video calling but the phone is somehow more immediate and leads to better things. The world is remembering what it’s like to have a good chat on the phone and rather enjoying it.
Yes, that is an impossible question to answer on many levels. All any of us can think about is ‘when this is over..’ ‘once I can get back to normal…’ ‘if I can go to….’ We are all living in a surreal state of suspended animation where even the simplest task – domestic or work-related – requires planning thought and modification.
My team and I have been having a lot of fun coming up with ideas for things to do virtually so that Pluralist Club members continue to enjoy the benefits of our community. Our normal routine of speakers, trips, events and socialising is carrying on but, inevitably, in a slightly different way to how we are used to.
Uncertainty is the new normal....and it's fine! It’s very weird not to be able to make plans of any kind or to even know when we can start thinking about making plans. We don’t know when this is going to end, how things will seem when it has ended and whether the end will really be the end or the start of another round.
Watching, talking and thinking about the Coronavirus may be absorbing us all, but inevitably home working and meeting cancellations create time (so much less travelling!) and with time there is opportunity to think and plan. To that end, I want to consider the upsides and the unintended - but positive - consequences of the gradual shut down of the world’s normal operations.