Repentance and Recovery
In a post-COVID world, "recovery" doesn't just mean going back to normal, it means healing the wounds we inflicted on each other
I’ve been writing at the America Spectator for a little over two years. My first piece for them was on the ethics of trusting AI in decision-making but that was back in February 2020 and things got kind of crazy after that.
The following is a preview of a piece that will appear in their next print issue. As the COVID restrictions have fallen away, I’ve become reflective about what the lasting consequences are and how we can reconcile the incredible fissures and frictions of the last two years. I’m sure that I haven’t imagined the perfect solution here but I hope it is a proving ground for introspection and healing.
The COVID Aftermath: Repentance and Reconciliation
At the end of February, literally the week before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, there was a slaughter. Dozens of state and local mask mandates and vaccine requirements were cut down as they stood, freeing American students and citizens from nearly two years of government mandates unlike anything we’ve seen before.
This makes me happy. This is exactly what I’ve wanted, the exact scenario that I’ve been anticipating since May 2020 and actively advocating since vaccines were widely available and it became clear that mask mandates made no impact on rates of COVID cases.