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PostIndependence Day 2021 (John Eipper, USA, 07/04/21 3:49 am)
Happy Independence Day!
Today our celebration of freedom is not limited to the United States. This July 4th we are seeing the light at the end of an 18-month-long Covid tunnel, the scourge that crippled our economy, changed the ways we live and work, and claimed millions of lives.
The US is returning to its pre-pandemic routines--shopping without masks, dining out, and gathering at concerts, church, and the cinema. Yesterday this point was driven home to me at the corner gas station/convenience store. My cashier, Jason, greeted me without a mask, and I realized that despite a year's worth of small talk, I never knew what he really looked like.
Let's start a WAIS conversation on the Post-Pandemic era. What is the "back to normal" situation in other countries? What aspects of our daily lives will never return to the way they were?
And by the by, happy 245th birthday to the United States. A chilling thought: the 1976 Bicentennial doesn't seem that long ago. In just five years we'll be at the Semiquincentennial, or "Sestercentennial." In 2026 will the Covid era be distant memory? Or will we have changed forever?
Let the fireworks begin--although this year, they're in short supply.
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