by James Corbett
July 17, 2021
Do you remember how I opened my three-part series on The Year Ahead this past January?
As Lenin rightly observed: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Perhaps there are years in which centuries happen.
I imagine that anyone who had trouble understanding that observation eighteen months ago understands it pretty well by now. Two weeks to flatten the curve, but no masks. Two more weeks, but masks. You must mask. Protesters are grandma killers. George Floyd. Non-protesters are racists. Hunter Biden. The (s)election. Hydroxychloriquine to Ivermectin to vaccines, but no vaccine passports. OK, vaccine passports. And on and on and on . . .
Yes, events are passing through the newswires with such rapidity that it’s difficult to even keep up with them anymore. Don’t believe me yet? Then allow me to demonstrate.
Back six years ago (approximately three lifetimes ago in newtime), I wrote an article that imagined a conversation between someone in 2015 and someone who had time traveled from the 1950s. It played on the idea of how completely the world had transformed in those 60 years, and how the world of 2015 looked nothing like the world of 1955.
Well, today let’s imagine that our interlocutor from that 2015 article fell into a coma immediately after having his conversation with the man from the 1950s. He just woke up yesterday. Now, someone from 2021 is trying to explain the last six years to him.
“OK, explain this to me again. Why are we wearing masks?”
“Because of a worldwide pandemic.”
“A pandemic? Oh my God! This is terrible!”
“Tell me about it.”
“So how many of your friends and family have you lost?”
“What? I thought you said it’s a terrible pandemic.”
“Oh, it is. And it would’ve been so much worse if we didn’t mask up, lockdown and social distance.”
“Social distance. You know,