The new normal is far from normal. We don’t need any expert analysis on this. We just have to look at the news (no Mocha. not your type of news.) and string them all together. So, here are some of the realities that will comprise the new normal:
- Online work and online trolls
Educated expert opinion on your Facebook timeline will remain scarce. Trolls will still take a big chunk of online conversations (and of government budget).
And while everyone’s going digital when it comes to accomplishing they’re WFH tasks, the Department of Interior and Local Government is busy taking online signatures to push for the change of the Constitution. Efficient use of technology for the government we should say and such surprise moves are gonna be part of the new normal.
- Politics and opinion based healthcare (or lack of it)
The leading government agency on health will still rely on opinion than on Science. Inaccurate data (or even absence of it) won’t bother them at all. They don’t even bother looking at the figures when making a policy decision.
- Arbitrary execution of laws
Only the powerless are subject to the laws. Those who are tasked to carry out these laws can also take matters into their own hands. Human rights? “Sumunod na lang kasi kayo”.
- Unaccountable government
The government will still declare that they have the necessary funds to handle the pandemic on one day, and claim that they don’t on another. When all else fails, the government can leave mass testing to the initiative of the private sector. Where’s the government budget? Everyone already forgot about it.
- Bahala kayo sa buhay niyo
The government can establish the IATF so that there will be an entity that you can semi-blame when things aren’t going well, but all they do is just issue lockdown and quarantine guidelines. In the new normal, no one’s to blame, but ourselves.
No, it’s not that we don’t have mass testing that institutions like our government should come up, organize, and implement. When something happens to you, it’s just your fault. You’re on your own. That’s the thinking that we are being trained to accept all this quarantine period.
These things mentioned here are just a few of the realities being normalized in the new normal. And while all these things are happening, all we care about is how we could have a semblance of the life we used to lead pre-COVID-19.
With all this talk of what the new normal is, it’s necessary to say what it should be. The only acceptable new normal is when people become more sensitive and critical.
So, how about the death of thousands?