While in quarantine for this Coronavirus thing, I had time to think about how this virus will change our lives in the short and long periods.
Starting by the fact that this virus will never pass because since before the first alarms, it was already everywhere.
People traveled from and to China and spread all around the world but is not this the meaning of the post.
Today I want to speak about the legacy that this virus will have worldwide in our lives and because I don’t have any qualifications in order to give my forecast in the matter of politics, economy, or freedom I’ll speak about something that I know more: Literature.
In older posts, I spoke about how the current experiences that we do, change genres like science fiction.
Twenty years ago, sci-fi was into aliens and, even though now there are still more of those, the genre started to diverge in different directions.
There is global warming so we have movies like Interstellar that cover the problem.
There is the overpopulation so we have the Dan Brown Inferno or The infinity saga of the MCU
We start to watch at Mars as something that is every day close so we have The Martian by Andy Weir.
And now, out of thin air, we have this gigantic pandemic virus that is killing thousands but how this can make a new chapter in the science fiction?
It already happened in the past with ebola where we got the movie Outbreak from 1994 with Dustin Hoffman.
The fact is that we are currently living this, it’s literally out of the experience.
We know that we are forced to stay at home, there is the fear of personal contacts, there are idiots around that don’t follow the rules and risks to cause more problems than we already have, the fear that, even when everything will pass, won’t be really because for years there will be the terror of getting it again.
Furthermore, maybe the most important of them all, the fact that every person can be infected.
You can be a nurse, an old lady, a teenager, the Prime Minister or the Prince of Wales, if you are a person, you’ll get it.
And, after all, will create a legacy, an aftermath that will last for a long time and will itself have repercussions on the way we see the world today, altogether with the world that we are going to leave to our children.
I guess that what I’m trying to say is that this outbreak changed our lives forever but, as we always do, we have to use it to learn and improve together instead of getting defeated.
Being a writer, I always need ways to improve my writing skills and, since I discovered the voice typing software on google docs I abuse it.
Subverting expectations is, according to me, a good thing if used with wisdom. Unfortunately “Game of Thrones” didn’t in the mess of season 8.