Life Post?COVID-19

Pages:26-29
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Six prominent thinkers reflect on how the pandemic has changed the world.

 
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26 FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT | June 2020
ART: ISTOC K / DRAF TER123; PH OTO: SU KI DHA NDA
Six prominent thinkers reflect on how the pandemic
has changed the world
How will the
world be
different after
COVID-19?
Daniel Susskind
In March 2020, Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks, an inu-
ential figu re in British
intellectual li fe, described
the COVID-19 catastro-
phe as “the nearest we have
to a revelation for atheists.”
At the time I thought the compar ison was apt. It
captured the biblical sens e of shock that many of
us felt in the face of such a sudden, extreme, a nd
swiftly ac celerating crisis. We “have been coasting
along for more than half a c entury,” he remarked,
and all at once “we are facing t he fragility and
vulnerability of the human situation.”
Now, a few months on, Rabbi Sacks’ comparison
with revelation still se ems tting, but for a dierent
reason, and one that matters for thi nking about a
world after COVID-19.
is crisis is ala rming, in part, becaus e it has sev-
eral new and unfa miliar features. A globa l medical
emergency caused by a viru s we still do not fully
understa nd. A self-inicte d economic catast rophe
as a necessar y policy response to contain its spread.

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