The world is a different place now than it was 100 years ago. People act and react differently. That’s why I said we are in uncharted territory and cannot use the past as a prediction for the future.
Actually, that's the point of studying history: because it reveals likely future outcomes and behavior. "Past is prologue" and all that...
In every case. It's a real stretch to think the current situation has no analogy in human history. It's different than prior pandemics, but not unique, and lessons can always be learned from the past.Not in this case.
What part of “I don’t agree” are you having trouble with?Moving from other thread:
In every case. It's a real stretch to think the current situation has no analogy in human history. It's different than prior pandemics, but not unique, and lessons can always be learned from the past.
If people went "back to normal" after the double whammy of WWI and Spanish flu, I'm pretty sure COVID won't be the thing that suddenly marks a huge change in human behavior...
For the record, I have not disputed this. I actually agree with it. It’s the extent that I’m talking about.I think Colin is right in that people will seek to return to some semblance of normal when they feel that it’s “safe”. (I feel like that declaration will take longer than is currently being discussed.)
I don't think reversion to "old habits" means we won't have learned anything from COVID. If the health situation settles, it'd be illogical NOT to return to movies, concerts, ballgames, etc. - as long as the risk remains pre-COVID levels, it'd make no sense to avoid these.After this panic is over, I think people will eventually go back to business as usual. It may take some time but the human species, collectively, has a short memory. I can think of something manmade that killed a lot more people a few decades ago and now is enjoying a global resurgence.
The main point is, as a species, we never learn anything. We eventually forget or come.to terms with any massive trauma and go back to our old habits and carry on as usual.