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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One-Liner Wednesday — Business as Usual

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“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Donald J. Trump

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson told a press conference in Geneva yesterday that there has been a “very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus cases in recent days.

Yet the American president, despite warnings like these from the WHO that the United States could soon become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, wants to return the country to business as usual by Easter.

Further, Trump has predicted that, on Easter Sunday, there will be “packed churches all over our country.” He added, “I think it would be a beautiful time, and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”

This is something that virtually all doctors, epidemiologists, and health experts agree is exactly the wrong thing to do if we want to “flatten the curve” of this highly contagious and easily transmitted disease.

It’s obvious that the current president of the United States is more eager to prop up the faltering U.S. economy in order to reinvigorate his re-election campaign than he is in saving the lives of American citizens.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.