Fandango’s Provocative Question #63

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

In a post today, blogger Marilyn Armstrong wrote,

I’m pretty sure that most people think that after this siege, things will go back to ‘the way things were.’ … I don’t think when the pandemic recedes we will be living in the same world. The world is going to change. I don’t know how and I don’t know if I’ll be around to see much of it, but it won’t be the same.”

I commented on her post,

“Sadly, given human nature to not learn from the past, things probably won’t change all that much once this pandemic is over. And with Trump having rolled back environmental protections, I’m afraid we’ll be right back doing the same damage to our planet as we were before this whole mess.”

So my provocative question this week is what do you think?

When we finally get through this COVID-19 pandemic at some point in the future, do you think the world is going to change from what is was like before anyone ever heard of coronavirus? Or will things quickly return to “business as usual”?

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37 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #63

    • Fandango April 1, 2020 / 8:55 am

      It may, indeed, take a little longer than any of us thought.

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  1. pensitivity101 April 1, 2020 / 7:26 am

    IMO it will not be the same, or will take years to recover to the norm of pre-coronavirus.
    It’s affected, as well as infected, too many people. A wake up call indeed. Keep safe.

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  2. ajeanneinthekitchen April 1, 2020 / 8:28 am

    This has most definitely been a big, huge wake-up call, that’s for sure. It will take a lot of time to recover, in many ways. Hopefully it has made people rethink how they act and how they live their lives, but who knows.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong April 1, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    We can’t go back. It would be impossible. How many businesses won’t exist? Where are the “previous” workers supposed to go? Banks will either have to plug into reality or there will be a giant glut of vacant real estate on the market.

    You cannot prevent massive change from worldwide disasters. And what WERE we before except a failing human culture? Does anyone really want that … except for the pirates who exploited us?

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    • Fandango April 1, 2020 / 7:17 pm

      How long, though, before greed and unenlightened self-interests once again take hold and we return to business as usual?


  4. Haunted Wordsmith April 1, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    I think most people are going to go right back to normal because things never changed for them. It doesn’t matter if the waters cleared in Italy, or endangered animals were seen roaming the deserted streets. It doesn’t matter to them if 10,000 or 100,000 people die because it is a small, insignificant number compared to the population. For some, it doesn’t even matter if it took a member of their family. What is clearly being shown, at least in the US, is the clear dividing line in society between those who are their brother’s keeper, and those who are not. Those who are, maintain their cool, roll with the punches, and focus on death prevention. Those who do not, focus their attention on placing blame with politics, Chinese lies, Biblical influence, and generally take a “me first” attitude. I would like to say that people will learn from this, but in reality they don’t. They didn’t learn after the 1918 Flu, they didn’t learn after SARS and MERS, and they didn’t learn after the H1N1 emergence. How can we be sure people didn’t learn anything? Look no further than the people who needed to be taught how to wash their hands. Unfortunately, we are already seeing Trump’s plan for the future–a quick return to pollution, fossil fuels, and economic games on a global scale. A virus is not political, nor can it be. It’s humans that destroy more than any virus ever could. So, no, I don’t think most people will learn a dang thing nor do I think much will change afterward.

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    • Fandango April 1, 2020 / 7:24 pm

      Unfortunately, I think, in the long term, you’re right.

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  5. Marleen April 1, 2020 / 3:03 pm

    I think we just found out a bigger answer to this question than we might’ve assumed this morning. TIME FOR a new WAR!

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    • Marleen April 1, 2020 / 3:10 pm

      My answer, that I simply hadn’t typed in yet, was going to be that whatever gets the most money for the people who are already the richest is what will be happening going forward. And, war. Oil. What are the other answers to the richest?

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    • Marleen April 4, 2020 / 1:55 pm

      US Treasury is running ‘mafia racket’ against Venezuela
      — ex UN anti-narcotics chief and mob expert

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  6. leigha66 April 2, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    Good question. I would like to think so, but I am sure the majority will go back to the way things were, I will still hold out hope that I am wrong.

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  7. aguycalledbloke April 3, 2020 / 1:51 am

    Great question Mister F 🙂

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