During the second world war, women performed roles and did jobs never previously done before. Women worked in factories, ran farms, and so on. All jobs previously viewed as things women could not do.
Then the war ended. And things went back to ‘normal’. Sort of. After a while, women wondered why they couldn’t continue doing some of the jobs and roles they did very competently during the war. And this led to slow change, which is still ongoing.
Here in the UK, the COVID lockdown is ending. We’ll find out in a few months if the dreaded second wave comes like it did with the Spanish Flu. But we’ll also see if we ‘go back to normal’. Does remote working end and commuting to open plan, cubicle h*ll begin again? Does our reconnection with the earth and nature end? Does our connection with local communities end?
Or will we choose a different path? What are the possibilities this time has created that we never thought possible before?
And yes, the idea of ‘returning to normal’ is a false one. As Heraclitus said many moons ago:
“No [person] ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same [person].”Heraclitus
There may be similarities to what was before, but it won’t be the same. We have choices and possibilities before us. Let’s see them and let’s decide.