True Resilience Involves Pushing Forward From COVID-19, Not Just Bouncing Back
COVID-19 has set the U.S. economy on fire. More than 30.3 million unemployment insurance claims were made over the last six weeks – the equivalent of roughly 19% of the nation’s civilian workforce. By some estimates, 12.7 million workers may have already lost their employer-provided health insurance, not counting any dependents who were covered under those plans. And, while the pandemic is affecting everyone, everywhere, persons, communities, and businesses of color are bearing disproportionate shares of the burdens.
Given the magnitude of devastation experienced thus far, it is not surprising to see increasingly hostile calls for the suffering to end. Americans want to put out the fire. And top officials at all levels of government seem quick to respond with promises that life will go “back to normal” in short order. The economy, they say, will “really bounce back” in a matter of months.
Setting aside questions of how (un)realistic such promises might be, is an unqualified “return to normal” a good thing? Do we really want to just “bounce back?”