1,743 people died of Covid yesterday. Most ppl I know are holding to make most future plans in the near future. Meanwhile, commerce just rolls on as if nothing is happening, as if everything is going to be just fine, as if there's no need for a holding pattern. It unsettles me.
It's outdoors, maybe things will be better by the summer. But the relentless way commerce just rolls over our consciousness as if nothing is happening will never not unsettle me.
AIDS took 50,000 people in its 15th year. We blow through that in Covid deaths every six, seven WEEKS.
I think abt what 50,000 AIDS deaths means compared to 400,000 Covid deaths in a year...with the former, it was within a relatively small, often geographically close community. So the effect, and memory holding, was very close, even if ignored by the main society.
With the latter, we have all experienced this pandemic (even those who try to ignore it or feel unaffected by it) so much, in our every day lives for so long, I can't see it receding from collective memory
But, who knows. Survivors of the Atlantic slave holocaust, survivors of the Nazi holocaust, survivors of torture—many they have gone years or decades in a state of shell shock before (or if) they open their mouths to tell their stories.
I mean I totally get, and try not to judge, ppl making life plans. Two years in, we need things to look forward to—we need to live! Even among death. What freaks me out is "Harry Styles to headline 250,000 person festival." Will he? Should he? Might not it be cancelled?
I get dismayed at this country's inability to assess what is actually happening. To desire entertainment instead of art. To allow the social force of capitalism propel everything forward, regardless of needing time to grieve, or needing to wait and see, or to allow us to
consider other ways to live and to be. Other ways to be in community and to experience intimacy. Informed by what we've lost and what we've learned.

That is what is so sad to me. The social force of capitalism to yell, "Yeah, everything's fine" when everything, is not, fine.

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