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Normalcy Bias in the New Normal

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posted on Sep, 5 2020 @ 09:29 PM
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originally posted by: DanDanDat
So whats the new normal?

I've been going to and doing all the things I have always done.

For a few months when the death rate was high in my area of New York we had to stay in more than normal; but now other than people half heartingly wearing masks life seems to have pretty much gotten back to pre-covid normal.

Last week we took a summer vacation to a beach town not to far from where we live (no one was wearing a mask on their face). My kids have been going to their dance classes for months now. My wife goes to her yoga. We are in the process of putting our house up for sale and buying a new one. My wife has always worked from home and I've been going back to the office regularly.

I realize not all people are doing well right now; but we should be looking for ways to help those people not throwing our hands up in despair thinking the world is on full tilt when it is not.

Time for people to start turning off the TV and logging out of social media.


I'm glad to hear you feel OK with your new normal, but it ain't over 'till it's over.

Combine the next flu outbreak with a second COVID wave this fall and let me know if things are still "near normal" for you and yours. Of course, that's not to mention the protests, political BS, possibility of a world financial crisis, escalating world tensions, and numerous natural disasters around the globe. This isn't just about the pandemic, this could get way worse yet.
edit on 5-9-2020 by MichiganSwampBuck because: Typo




posted on Sep, 5 2020 @ 09:43 PM
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originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck

originally posted by: DanDanDat
So whats the new normal?

I've been going to and doing all the things I have always done.

For a few months when the death rate was high in my area of New York we had to stay in more than normal; but now other than people half heartingly wearing masks life seems to have pretty much gotten back to pre-covid normal.

Last week we took a summer vacation to a beach town not to far from where we live (no one was wearing a mask on their face). My kids have been going to their dance classes for months now. My wife goes to her yoga. We are in the process of putting our house up for sale and buying a new one. My wife has always worked from home and I've been going back to the office regularly.

I realize not all people are doing well right now; but we should be looking for ways to help those people not throwing our hands up in despair thinking the world is on full tilt when it is not.

Time for people to start turning off the TV and logging out of social media.


I'm glad to hear you feel OK with your new normal, but it ain't over 'till it's over.

Combine the next flu outbreak with a second COVID wave this fall and let me know if things are still "near normal" for you and yours. Of course, that's not to mention the protests, political BS, possibility of a world financial crisis, escalating world tensions, and numerous natural disasters around the globe. This isn't just about the pandemic, this could get way worse yet.


Yea and a massive meteorite can hit the earth too ... you forget to add that.


There have always been numerous natural disasters around the globe.

There has always been protests and political BS.

There have always been threats of financial crisis.

There have also been pandemics.

And there has always been the threat that a massive meteorite could hit the earth too.


You can choose to live your life with the certainty that life is uncertain.

Or you can pretend your living in a unique point in history were the odds are against you more so than any other.



Oh when I was a kid no one knew of a thing called the personal computer... look at the "new normal" we live in where we are having a virtual conversation even though we have never met and likely never will.


The only thing that is normal is that things change; but they rarely change in such away that you can't recognize what comes next based on what was before.


Life is pretty much as it was when I was a kid and I'm confident my kids will say the same thing when they are my age ... and yet our lives will likely be different.



posted on Sep, 5 2020 @ 10:17 PM
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The normalcy bias is strong with this one. I wouldn't fault you for that, just as I wouldn't disregard my own paranoid musings though. Be that as it may, we shall see who will need to adjust their lives to the new normal, I just happen to believe we all will have to soon.

I particularly do not agree with that last statement though . . .



Life is pretty much as it was when I was a kid and I'm confident my kids will say the same thing when they are my age ... and yet our lives will likely be different.


Nothing today is much like it was when I was a kid. I don't believe that life was the same with my parents or theirs either. If you truly believe your last statement, I doubt I could make you see anything differently than you do now.
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posted on Sep, 6 2020 @ 01:21 AM
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Nothing today is much like it was when I was a kid.


Strongly agree.

Sure, what one could call the "big background stuff" is still there -- paved roads, suburbs, the U.S. government etc.

But culture shock, interestingly [for me], is not about seeing the big stuff changed. The devil is in the details. It is when one realizes that one is tired of door handles and would prefer to turn a door knob. That sounds almost absurd, but people define their lives with small things as well.

And that is where I would very much agree that today is "not like it was when I was a kid". Very different attitudes about many things, and significant behavioral differences brought on by the proliferation of electronic technology.

BTW, good thread and interesting topic.

Cheers
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