One of the biggest misnomers of the current coronavirus crisis is the concept of 'Social Distancing'. Of course, we are all trying to give each other a wider berth than usual – and for good reason - but in many ways we have never been closer. How many people had called up an old friend for a chat and a beer over Zoom before this week? Or attended a 'virtual book club'?
Physical distancing, sure, but to label it 'social' distancing is to underline much of its damaging nature without highlighting how it has driven us to find new ways to create human connections. Humans are the ascendant species on this planet because of our power to adapt and communicate. How fascinating it is that this most challenging experience is driving us all to do both those things more than we ever have in our lifetimes.
April 3, 2020