I Pledge Allegiance It’s 8:00 am on a Monday; November 16. Two weeks ago America exercised her democracy, and it's more than likely Joe Biden will be our next president. First, a prayer rings out over the intercom; some student asking that God keep us safe; nothing extraordinary at a Catholic high school. Then she begins, “I pledge allegiance…” Every student in my AP Psychology class is silent and remains so.
I wonder whether they consciously abstain from pledging their allegiance, or if they are too tired or embarrassed to break the silence. The silence is powerful and nearly chills me. I suspect the silence of my peers is incidental, but mine is deliberate. I haven’t said the Pledge of Allegiance in a long time. McCarthy would label me an unpatriotic communist, but not so; I love America, and I am grateful that I won’t be shot for not reciting the obligatory pledge.
I remember a time when all of my classmates said it. It makes me wonder why now there is so often silence. The shrunken pandemic class sizes might be a factor. In a classroom of 10 students, there is perceived awkwardness in being the one to speak. But even still, the indifference surprises me. The Pledge of Allegiance carries different emotional weight for everyone, and I am dumbfounded by the absence of a fiery patriot ready to rip my head off for my treachery.
Why don’t I say it? Most of the time, I’m not quite sure. Perhaps it’s because I can. I think mostly it's because the words have become tedious, meaningless even. It’s Emerson screaming from the back of my head, “foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Sometimes it feels like revolt and an expression of my dissatisfaction with America. My idealism precedes my patriotism, and my belief in possibility precedes that in practicality. Yet more often it is a celebration of America. It is the true reflection of a nation that stands for freedom.
When I do pledge my allegiance to America, I pledge it to the American ideal. The idea that one in America would declare subordination is somewhat paradoxical to me. In 1776 we established ourselves as the anti-authoritarians of the world; no American would classify themself as a subject. To me the pledge of allegiance sounds like the chant of a subject; a blind promise of loyalty. Certainly this is not a perfect characterization of “the Pledge”, and you may wholeheartedly oppose me on its nature and true meaning. It can easily be argued that it's the admirable promise to abide by the American ideal. The Pledge means something different to everyone, and I don’t question those who, with considerable reason, do say it. Nonetheless, my abstaining from the Pledge of Allegiance feels ironically, uniquely American. Where is a better place not to pledge allegiance to your country than in America the seat of democracy. We pledge allegiance to our republic only as long as it serves us properly. Sure we are forever loyal to America’s founding principles, but part of this is our loyalty to the idea that unconditional loyalty is un-American. Many of you will disagree with me, but I will not engage in the daily tedium of expressing my unconditional loyalty to this nation. I pledge allegiance to progress, to hope, to liberty, to justice. I pledge allegiance to what America stands for. America is the greatest country in the world, but nonetheless each morning I am silent. Brendan Donahue ‘21
What is America? What is America to you? What has our country become? These are two questions that have become very pertinent to today’s society. Defunding our police, looting businesses, assaulting each other in the streets, are all things we read about in articles, hear on the news, and see in our lives today. People are divided, and even more have lost faith in what America is.
No matter your political position, we have to go back and remind ourselves of the luxuries we are entitled to in America. The right to practice any religion and express yourself freely, the right to bear arms, the right to a speedy and public trial under an impartial jury, and so many more. These basic American rights are what drive so many to come here to the United states, because not all countries are like America. Look at China for example, where a Communist Party rules. Where the government censors citizens who show any sign of dissent, presidential term limits are nonexistent, religions you practice must be sanctioned by the government, and the citizens are prohibited from possessing guns. Communist governments like this suppress the people.
As almost all of us have never seen this type of oppression, we are all quick to make blatant opinions and allegations against America. It is very easy to find the negative in this country, but seldom do we stop and remember the inalienable rights that protect us from harm and tyranny. Yes, America is imperfect - and we will always find flaws, but at heart our core values allow citizens in this country to prosper. Imagine your world without protection from the police, without your ability to protest and voice your opinion. Imagine being so vulnerable to corruption that you were not entitled to a fair trial and court, or were deprived of your right to elect your leaders. Where would your voice be? What value would you hold in society?
Don’t take for granted the power you have as an individual and the protections you are guaranteed as a United States Citizen.
Sebastian Iacuone '24
Pandemic Positives: A Heartwarming Increase in Dog Adoption The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of everyone. Thousands of new cases and hundreds of deaths each day. Even I am a bit scared of what the future will bring, but to take my mind off of it, I like to look at the bright side of quarantine. That being said, I decided to start a small series of articles that I call “Pandemic Positives”.
I absolutely love dogs; they’re the best pets in my opinion, and I’m sure that many of you would agree. It’s really heartbreaking to hear that so many of them are homeless, stuck in shelters with no true family to love them. Fortunately, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone into quarantine, adoption rates skyrocketed. One reason for this is mental health. During the time at home, away from family and friends, some people may have felt lonely during that time. Dogs are loyal and loving animals, so they can be great companions for anyone so they don’t feel alone.
The skyrocketing sales of dogs are even a benefit to the business and breeders that are giving them. For instance, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals Los Angeles reported that their rates have doubled starting in late January with about ten dogs adopted each day. Even at home dog breeders have waiting lists for people wanting to buy a new puppy. Lastly, some people are adopting dogs simply for the purpose of helping the animals in need. It really makes me happy to know that so many more furry friends are getting new homes! Even if the pandemic is a horrible thing to us, from another perspective, it just might be the opportunity of a lifetime.
Michael Marino '25
US Representatives AOC and Ilhan Omar Challenge Popular Creators to a Game of ‘Among Us’
Honestly, at first I thought her Twitter was hacked when I saw this, without a doubt, but I was proven wrong.
October 20th, US Representatives ; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (31), and Ilhan Omar (38) challenged popular gamers ; ‘Jack Septiceye’, ‘Corpse Husband’, ‘Pokimane’, and more to a game of ‘Among Us’. The game was streamed on Twitch, where over 400,000 people watched (The 3rd most watched stream on Twitch !) ‘Among Us’ has taken over the world by storm. It is a very simple game - similar to ‘Murder Mystery’. In the game, a group of 4-10 players play as three foot tall ‘Crewmates’ who take care of their ship by completing tasks. What most of them do not know is that 1-3 of them are ‘Impostors’, who’s jobs are to sabotage and kill Crewmates, while keeping their identity as Impostor a secret.
A representative’s job isn’t to play video games.. So why would AOC and Omar ? The answer is simple. To encourage voting.
Some think that this was awkward of the congresswomen to try and appeal to young voters in this way, but I believe that this was a very smart idea. Tying the importance of voting in our upcoming presidential election into something that many people currently love. Especially since it was targeted towards young-adults, who are more likely to not vote. Of course, you can not please everyone, but raising awareness has to be done creatively in order for your audience to listen.
AOC asked the American gamers if they were voting in this upcoming election. One by the name of ‘Myth’ shares with everyone that he will be voting for the first time.
I know that many seniors are eligible to vote, so PLEASE take the simple advice of congresswomen AOC and Ilhan Omar’s advice : VOTE !
The Cavalry is Coming While we are anxious to get out of the house for any reason and hoping for normalcy, our only hope is a vaccine or highly effective treatment. As of writing this in mid-November, it looks as if the vaccine is our best hope as those treatments that have received EUA’s or FDA authorization are available for those hospitalized or in limited quantities. The development and production of multiple Covid-19 vaccines have gone ahead at a record pace yet not compromising safety or scientific integrity. So far in the US and Europe there are 4-5 vaccines in phase three trials. In the US the Trump administration has launched Operation Warpspeed, in which the goal is to get 300 million doses of a vaccine to the American public. So far we have 4 candidates in the US in phase 3: the partnership between Pfizer and Biontech, Moderna in partnership with the NIH, Johnson and Johnson, and the partnership of the University of Oxford with AstraZeneca. The partnership of Pfizer and Biontech began phase 3 testing in late July. As of 11-9-20 at 6:45 AM Pfizer announced their interim analysis which shows their vaccine is over 90% effective with 94 confirmed covid cases in the trial. The FDA only requires 50% and many were hoping it would about 70% but 90% is far above what anyone expected as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top-infectious disease expert said, “the results suggesting 90% effectiveness are “just extraordinary,” adding: “Not very many people expected it would be as high as that.” As Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement.“Today is a great day for science and humanity, with today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis.” After the two months of safety data the FDA requires for half of the participants the third week of November, they expect to apply for Emergency Use Authorization(EUA) for their vaccine and are expected if all goes well to obtain an EUA by mid-December. The goal is by late March it will be readily available and by June everyone will have one that wants one. Recently Pfizer announced they will be partnering with Fedex, UPS, and DHL in distribution of their Covid-19 vaccine and they hope within three days of receiving the green light to ship over 7.5 million doses out and 25 million doses or enough for 12.5 million Americans by years end. They have taken a new approach in distribution instead of working with the US government's partner McKesson. They chose to ship from their factory right to the distribution site, whereas the other candidates are choosing to ship from factory to a holding center, then to the state health centers then to the individual distribution sites. The partnership between the NIH and Moderna was the first to test their candidate in March and have been slower enrolling their phase 3 trial, which they started on July 27 the same day as Pfizer started, because Moderna wanted to enroll more minorities and they expect to apply for an EUA on November 25th or early December and they expect their EUA to be approved in late December or very early January supplying the US government 100 million doses by the end of January. As of 11-16 at 6:56am Moderna announced that through their interim analysis they have a 94.5% efficacy rate which is a little above Pfizer yet both will be used as they are comparable and in an emergency like this we need all the doses that there are. Moderna says they will have enough doses to vaccinate over 10 million people in the US by year's end. They have announced they are looking to begin trials on those aged 12-18 very soon. The two trials from AstraZeneca and J&J have been on hold until recently due to safety concerns but the FDA and the independent safety monitoring boards have concluded there was no evidence that the vaccine caused the adverse effects. These pauses due to safety are not uncommon in trials and normally one or more happen in the average trial and are not reported to the public. Due to the nature of this pandemic and calls for a vaccine these pauses are highly magnified. Due to these pauses AstraZeneca’s data may not be available until late November or early December pushing EUA hopes into late December but more likely early January. J&J expects data from their one shot trial late this year or in early January as they are the only leading candidate that requires one shot the others require 2 doses 3-4 weeks apart meaning J&J if they receive an EUA early next year would be instrumental in a fast vaccination effort in the US. J&J has recently announced they hope to begin the vaccine trials on kids between the ages of 12-18. As of the writing of this article Novavax has started a phase three trial in England and is on track to begin a phase three trial here in the US later this month of 30,000 people. As of late October officials in the US government have expressed optimism about one or more vaccines getting and EUA by years end and all Americans getting a vaccine by late March or early April or some sense of normalcy that could return by June or July. What matters most is the public's uptake of the vaccine. As of the writing of this article we are expected to begin normalcy by April and see normalcy by July according to Anthony Fauci. If we want to begin the start to normalcy meaning mask rules start to vanish and gather limits increase by early summer we would need two candidates approved by early January and the other two approved by mid-February. So if we start at the beginning of January and end in late-April that's about 100 days meaning 4 million doses would have to be distributed daily. More to come in next month's article...
Tyler McDonald '23
Holidays During COVID There’s no question the Holidays will be different this year. No matter what holidays you celebrate, the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly force families to get creative. With no large gatherings, social distancing & mask protocols, it will undoubtedly be a year no one will forget. The big dinners usually hosted on Thanksgiving most likely will not be happening, so many are getting creative with new ideas. Some are packaging up dinner to bring to loved ones. Others are making shift-like schedules to see everyone & some will be feasting over a Zoom call this year. Then comes the not so official holiday of Black Friday. With stores having low capacities & requiring one-way traffic, Black Friday sales will likely be spread over many days to reduce the crowds. When it comes to Christmas, there will be no large masses or parties on Christmas Eve, but that won’t stop young children from eagerly awaiting Santa. Company Christmas parties will be virtual if they will even be hosted. We’ll be spending Christmas morning with our immediate families rather than with many extended family members. Christmas dinner might be dropped at your door, rather than shared around a large table. But, there’s something to be said about families getting creative; it means they’re trying to make the best of the situation, trying to keep others safe while still enjoying the holidays. If there’s one thing this untraditional Holiday season will teach us, the holidays are about so much more than a big dinner or presents. They are about making memories that will last a lifetime with those we love.
Lauren DeVito '22
A Reaction to the 2020 Presidential Debate Before I await the first debate between incumbent Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden with a twinge of dread, but as with a car crash, I can’t look away. Why dread? Debates do nothing to compare policy, and consist of poorly reasoned ad hominem attacks. Nonetheless, the debate is a must see spectacle for the curious American citizen. What names will Donald Trump call Joe Biden? Will Joe Biden be as senile as he’s painted to be? Will Biden call Trump any names of his own? Which four-legs-good-two-legs-bad-isms will emerge as party platforms?
One can only find out by watching.
Ultimately, I predict the debate tonight will do little, if anything, to change the way Americans vote come November; undecided voters seem few and far between this year.
That being said, there's an important thing to consider about the debate tonight: it has the potential to further alienate the American people with the political process, which is almost certainly going to happen. Based on the way the campaign has been going, it is incredibly unlikely that the debates will showcase some newfound respect and dignity. If the debate goes as disastrously as I fear, the connotation of “politics” will continue to approach “reality television”.
After Wow. I don’t quite have the words.
“This is hilarious,” said most of my friends.
I didn’t laugh.
I’m of the opinion that America has never been “great”, but it is the idea of America, the theory, that is great. What’s great is the promise that all men are created equal; a truth held to be self evident, and yet a truth still not reflected in our nation. America is progress. The chains of slavery still burden her, and the blood stained lands she possesses were never meant to be hers. But we strive always towards the American ideal, hoping that our nation might be redeemed through accomplishing it.
We will never get there, but our naïveté in thinking we might should be revered. America is the green light at the end of the dock, we are Gatsby, grasping aimlessly for it, making futile attempts at achieving it.
Last night I watched the debate, and my heart hurt for America. Where was America last night? Where was that honorable ideal? I think many Americans have been moved to the same internal struggle: to wholly abandon that ideal, to believe it eradicated, or to fight with last dying breath to preserve it.
I’ve never cared for debates, but last night’s debate embarrassed me, and moved me at my core. Perhaps all of the division, lies, and child's-play of the last four years hit me all at once.
I imagine the rest of the world was watching last night and I imagine they wondered, “Where is America?”
Brendan Donahue '21
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts
2020 has done nothing but hand us lemons. With these lemons, we have two options: wave a white flag, or make lemonade. Both Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) and Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) have decided to make lemonade. The director of both FSPA and FPAC, Raye Lynn Mercer, has faced adversity head-on and has become creative when finding safe solutions that allow the arts to continue to flourish in a “new normal.” Raye Lynn has emphasized only worrying about what she can currently do, and how to do it safely.
As we all know, the world suddenly shut down on March 13th, 2020. Raye Lynn and the incredible FSPA staff members immediately took action and got all FSPA classes up and running on a virtual platform in one week. Dance classes took place on the app Band, and voice and acting classes were held over Zoom. This system continued for 13 weeks. “Math classes are one thing to conduct online, but the arts are another,” Raye Lynn stated. It was far from perfect but allowed students to still engage in what they love.
“The instinct of an artist is to share,” Raye Lynn explained. Franklin Performing Arts Company is a non-profit organization, severely devastated by the lack of revenue being produced during the lockdown. They relied solely on donations since no performances could be put on a stage for many months. To suffice for the loss of being able to perform, Raye Lynn started the “At Home Series.” This series of at-home concerts allowed students as well as Broadway performers to have an outlet to perform in one way or another. These performances occurred a couple of times a week, airing at 6 pm. They were a great way to fundraise for FPAC and became a light in the darkness for many people. The “At Home Series” received an overwhelmingly positive response.
As warmer weather finally came along with the summer months, a new solution was made available to FPAC and FSPA. The Black Box theater parking lot. The Black Box is the local theater, which is the home to many productions and concerts produced by FPAC and FSPA. Massachusetts Covid-19 guidelines made it virtually impossible to entertain inside safely, so outside it was. The parking lot was completely transformed with an outdoor stage and socially distant tables for an audience of 100 people to enjoy a show safely. Another challenge was faced when guidelines changed from allowing a gathering of 100 people outside changed to now only 50 people outside. This meant that revenue went down, and a more significant number of shows had to be scheduled. But as always, it was figured out.
Moving into fall means that it may be difficult to watch and perform in shows outdoors comfortably. Putting up an open-sided tent allows for proper ventilation and can still contain heat to keep the audience and performers warm. The newest development in the world of performing is virtual ticketing. Productions will be performed without an audience present and are recorded to be watched at home. The first event that will be virtually ticketed is a concert of the TikTok and Instagram famous acapella group “T3”, airing on October 3rd, 2020!
Many businesses and communities have been affected by the wrath of the prevailing coronavirus, especially those of the performing arts. It has brought artists and musical theatre enthusiasts alike together in hopes of persevering through and navigating these difficult times. FPAC and FSPA will continue to make lemonade and inspire those involved with and around them in hopes of a brighter tomorrow. Madigan Wirkus '23
What Climate Change is Doing to Our World
Have you ever asked yourself, what causes climate change? Why is it happening? Or even how can I help? All of these questions are very important for the future of our lives and the world’s well being. Now, what is climate change?, you may ask. Well, climate change is a change in average conditions such as temperature, rainfall, sea level, and natural disasters.
While some people believe that climate change is not real, it is a very real thing that we all need to work together to end or at least slow down. Right now according to The Guardian, a total of 85% of the whole entire world is burning or has been burned. That means only 15% of the world has been untouched by some kind of fire, whether it is a house or a small fire. Why all of these fires continue to burn is because of the rise in the world’s average temperatures, also known as global warming. Global warming is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases like water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone. Some ways you can contribute to stopping the spread of greenhouse gasses is by using non-toxic household products, using energy-saving light bulbs, and spreading the word so more people can understand the seriousness of climate change/global warming.
Another factor of climate change is rising in sea levels. One of the main contributions to the cause of rising sea levels is the increase in the world’s temperatures. NASA says this causes sea levels to rise because the polar ice caps are melting, which leads to more water. Also, when the seawater becomes warm it starts to expand. In addition, rising sea levels can cause homes and areas to be flooded and land to erode. New Orleans, Louisiana is an example of a city where sea levels are rising. As stated by Sea Level Rise.org, “The sea level around Louisiana is up to 24 inches higher than it was in 1950.” This increase is mostly due to sinking land, and it’s causing major issues. New Orleans is the largest population center at risk from sea level rise in the country and is now experiencing one of the highest rates of sea level rise in the world. Because the state is already losing approximately 25 square miles of land per decade due to sea level rise, Louisiana’s coastal marshes, which provide protection for inland communities and habitat for countless species, are threatened. The state is planning over $25 billion in sea level rise solutions, which include building levees, restoring shorelines, and relocating entire communities.” As a consequence, inhabitants of that area are going to start having to leave the place they call home because of something people like to ignore.
As you can see, climate change is real and something we need to slow down. There are many things people can do to help like spread the word, recycle, use eco-friendly products, and so much more! Hopefully, you now understand the impact we can have on the environment and how to help.
Sydney Senerchia '24
Opinion: Racism is often oversimplified
As racial injustice in our country has received real scrutiny lately, I have found myself reflecting on the greater context of racism. I think too many people view the issue merely at the surface: they see a police officer with his knee on George Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleads for mercy. It’s an image that chills me to the bone, but what we all see in that image is just another consequence of a complicated and deep rooted issue.
If we’d like to understand the situation George Floyd found himself in, we must look back… way back to 1619 when the first slave ship arrived in Jamestown, or perhaps even before then when European imperialists decided that Africa was theirs to colonize, and the people, theirs to subjugate. What followed in America was a long history of white prosperity built on the backs of black men and women.
The racism that justified slavery in the first place only intensified as the master saw his power threatened. The black man had to be put in his place, thought the master… white prosperity depended on the primitive idea that the black man is inferior to the white man, and so this notion became deeply ingrained and reinforced time and again.
When half of the nation recognized slavery for the irreconcilable moral atrocity it was, the nation went to war over the matter. No, the Civil War was not about a difference in political theory, it was about the white southerner not wanting to give up his place of power that depended on the labor and servitude of the black man. The Union would ultimately win the war, and the slaves would be emancipated, but those who think equal opportunity followed have a poor understanding of history.
You see, the slaves were emancipated because the Union saw slavery for the moral atrocity it was, but the north was not free from prejudice. Sure, they believed owning another human being was gross and outdated, but had they truly viewed black people as equal, the Reconstruction era would have gone differently.
In terms of truly providing blacks with an equal opportunity to prosper, Reconstruction was a complete failure. Blacks were left in poverty, and ultimately left to their own devices to overcome the deeply ingrained racism that still remained in America.
Decades of Jim Crow laws and segregation followed emancipation. A century after the Civil War, King marched for civil rights because injustice against blacks was still stronger than ever.
Slavery ended, but the problems did not magically disappear. The problems have been evolving for the last 155 years, and the situation black Americans find themselves in today is not a coincidence.
Why is it that today, nearly half of black kids in America live in poverty? The answer is not simple, but there is certainly a direct relationship to the fact that black Americans have been exploited since this nation’s origin, and a real effort to provide black people with equal opportunity after the Civil War was never carried out, and so they are still suffering directly from the effects of slavery. So racism… I think many people mistake it with an ideology. They think racism is just the outdated opinion of some old white guy in Alabama who still flies the confederate flag. They think that everyone ought to stop being racist; everyone ought to rid themselves of prejudice. Or conversely they say, “We can never end racism, there will always be racist people.”
To those, I say this: Racism is not an ideology, racism is a fact. Very little has been done to alter this fact; the state of poverty and injustice that black people suffer has been condoned for 155 years. Racism is not just the individual acts of prejudice we hear about every day on the news. These actions are the manifestation of a bigger issue, an indelible stain on American values, a rotten tooth yet to be removed. The systemic nature of racism makes it so that the entire system must be changed so that the tooth might be extracted.
So back to George Floyd. We have all watched in horror as a man had the life sucked out of him. A victim of police brutality. “I can’t breathe,” he said. The words spoke volumes. Black America can’t breathe. Black Americans have been lying face down on the ground with a knee on the back of their necks for centuries. So what do we do? Perhaps it’s time for a new Reconstruction, a real Reconstruction, one that will finally remove the chains and shackles from black Americans.
Brendan Donahue, '21
How Covid-19 Will Change The Future & How We Will Live It Covid-19, more familiarly known as the Coronavirus, has turned our world upside down and inside out in ways none of us has ever experienced before. As I’m sure you all know, the Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can be spread very easily in various ways, such as sharing drinks, sneezing, coughing, and even just talking. Therefore, this virus has caused humankind to change their ways of life in multiple ways, such as wearing masks around other people, sanitizing constantly, and being socially distant. We have all seen how Covid has changed the way we live our lives in just a couple of months, but the real question is, how will Covid-19 change how we go on to live our lives in the future?
Covid-19 is a lot like 9/11 in some ways, one being that both events have changed the world and how people live. After 9/11, many airports upped their security by checking all bags including carry ons, having thorough security checks, and all flights must be filled with a certain number of people. Since the Coronavirus has come into effect, many people have had to change their lives as well. For instance, whenever people go out to the store, they have to wear masks and remain six feet away from other people at all times to ensure social distancing. Seeing as Covid is an illness that is spread through talking, something that has changed big time is how people are supposed to go back to school and work. This will now change our future because how is school supposed to be normal again when you can’t eat lunch at a table with all your friends, but instead being in a classroom to eat lunch alone at your desk without talking because you have to take your mask off to eat. How are elementary school children supposed to get that true elementary school experience of social interaction and sensory skills while remaining socially distant from their peers and teachers? How are teachers supposed to now change their teaching methods in a coupe of months after having developed the same method of teaching for many years?
This catastrophic event changed the way some people now live in terms of stereotyping as well as the way we live today. After 9/11 many people that were Muslims were often viewed as terrorists, which caused people to be rude and ignorant to the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists. Many Asian people have also had to deal with the backlash of being looked at as the cause of the Coronavirus. As you can see, these races and religions will be viewed differently for years to come for something that they didn’t even do. Our job is to look past the stereotype and not judge people for things they didn’t even do.
As you can see, Covid-19 is going to change the way we live our lives in ways that we are never truly going to be fully prepared for, instead we are going to have to roll with the punches and take everything day by day. This will determine our future and how we will go on to live it. Just like 9/11, we will have to adjust, but in the end it will become fluid and the rules that seem different now will somehow become our new normal in a way we never could have thought would be normal.