The New Public Normal Today

1. My daughter sitting in her car with a mask on. Mother and kid come beside driver’s door. Kid starts pounding on it. Mother looks and sees driver. Says “Don’t do that–there’s someone inside.”

2. Friend of daughter in Sobey’s grocery store with her partner. Woman beside them sneezes. Friend turns to see where sneeze is coming from. Woman looks at her and says “Fuck off.”

Welcome to our new ultra-rude, ignoramus public world.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

“Hell is other people.” (Jean Paul Sartre)
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” (Walt Kelly/Pogo)

It’s going to be a Wild West weekend on both sides of the border, but those Trumper-rubes down south have axes and guns. I predict some violence down there this weekend. People have no patience and no self-control anymore, just wee, tiny personal agendas. T.S. Eliot figured civilization would end with people killing each other in the streets. I think we are on our way to fulfilling this forecast even in Canada.

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