2020 has been a year like no other that I can remember, for the first time, in my opinion, people lived pain in more than one aspect. First of all is death, of course, the pandemic has killed many people, many loved ones, in some cases people that we knew in our day-to-day, in other cases family members, close family, or simply public figures we used to hear from often in the news.
Another aspect is the feeling of strangeness. Since March, we have seen in cable news, newspapers, etc. images of many of the world big metropolis almost deserted (New York City, London, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and many others) that remind me of the early works of painter Giorgio De Chirico (1888 – 1978) who along with Carlo Carrà founded the “Scuola Metafisica” (Metaphysical School) art movement where those human habitats, built by humans — and in normal circumstances populated by humans — acquire a dreamlike sense, that seems to be the case in real life when those places are observed in very unlikely circumstances totally empty of people.
Finally is this sense of isolation that the pandemic has exacerbated in many of us. I recently read somewhere that we are turning into Edward Hopper paintings, people sitting far apart from each other in dining rooms, people observing deserted street thought windows, a woman alone in an empty movies room.
In general terms, I’m not an overly optimistic person, but I really think that at least a pale light at end of the tunnel can be seen. In the United States, a change in government leadership will radically transform the federal government response to the pandemic, a vaccine is already being distributed in many countries, country economies will start to bounce back probably after the first quarter of 2021. So, hopefully, it is just a matter of months before we start seeing some sense of normalcy back in our lives, but the question still remains, what did you learn from the pandemic?
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