New Covid-19 variant offers the opportunity for us to understand our diversities
Author: By Rudi Buys Dec 6, 2021
With the Omicron variant, the fearsome debates and troubled interactions between people with differing views on the pandemic returned in full measure.
Emotions again run high, and panic again determines how people respond to the threat – in intimate spaces and as citizens. It is as if for the first time, we are now confronted with questions with which we are in fact well familiar.
We know this story. We know the fear, the loss and destruction that follows in the wake of infection, as we do the solutions that works to fight the virus.
Above all, we know the ideological and social distances that torment societies, communities and families – how the pandemic aggravates the political, social and economic hierarchies that sustain, rather than solve unjust societal hierarchies.
In short, with Omicron, the greatest threat to a healthy society returned – the terror of societal polarisation. When we are familiar with the societal dynamics that confront a nation in a pandemic, how does one make sense of a return to that terror?