How much has the global pandemic affected human relations? We are not just talking about pleasant meetings and dinners with friends or the lack of social opportunities in which to live and cultivate friendships, a prospect that fortunately seems to be getting better and better. We are now going to talk about the living conditions of the weakest population groups in the early post-pandemic era: those groups include people who live on the margins of society, migrants with precarious jobs, or young men and women looking for a job; if until recently they were shunned for a sort of public and social modesty, in these two years they were also pointed out as responsible and carriers of diseases.
It was not uncommon to hear phrases about restrictions and the impossibility of organizing moments of conviviality and dinners with friends, accompanied by comments regarding migratory flows and entries, according to some, unregulated and uncontrolled, as if the migrants were not victims as much as we are (if not even more than us, since they don’t even have a house in which to isolate themselves) and were more disease-carriers than us.
Despite a growing desire for aggregation and human relationships to cultivate has appeared, a feeling of distrust has increased at the same time. This common feeling is addressed to the usual people who, as if they had faults or responsibilities, must face another kind of isolation, not within the house walls, but within a society that seems increasingly frightened by the wrong “monsters”.
We sincerely hope that this sad period, also accompanied by a new, useless war, comes quickly to an end, maybe replaced by the arrival of a good general dose of empathy, the cure for the greatest evils.
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