The Other Side of the Curve: Life, Sex and Art in a Post-Covid-19 World

As with any other virus, this one too is expected to become manageable. So what’s next?

Detail from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam

Life

Life, in general, that is. The other side of the curve will introduce us to yet another new normal, but nothing out of the ordinary. Most of us will resume what we had considered life as usual, much of that life being dictated, as ever, by our politics and our social media.

Employment

Unemployment numbers were low prior to the onset of the crisis. What will change?

Money

We all had to pay rent to the coronavirus landlord, which wreaked havoc everywhere.

The Arts

The arts will be looked upon as more important than ever. As we were self-quarantined, where did we turn? Our television shows, our films on TV, videogames, writing and reading, music …

Humanity

We’ve lived in a world where divisions have been exploited by our leaders. The expression of racism and other prejudices have become normalized. As for Covid-19 itself, Asians took unfair blame due to the origin of the virus in China.

Politics

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will become the hero of the Democratic party, by virtue of leadership he exhibited during the crisis. On the Republican side, Trump will become emboldened and more popular with his base, who will credit his policies for ultimately “defeating” the virus.

Love

I am not referring to romantic love here, as who can explain the human heart, as a poet would ask? No, I am referring to love of our fellow man.

Racism

On repeat, our differences have been exploited perhaps more than ever in the years leading up to Covid-19.

Sex

The adult entertainment industry has been decimated. Casual sex in the age of social isolation has become … problematic. If you were a couple during the period of the virus, you were fortunate.

Religion

According to the Pew Research Center, young people were statistically turning away from religion in larger numbers in the past five years than during any other recent period on record. Others kept their religion closely-held, and leaned upon it to get through the crisis.

Social Media

Social media has connected the world to a degree that could not have been predicted prior to its advent.

Illness

Hospitals ran out of beds to handle the pandemic. Families could no longer visit loved ones who were hospitalized. Populations were forced to remain sick at home.

Death

Same old.

In Conclusion

There will be positive change … if we will have learned our lessons.

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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