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    Hey guys, been awhile since I've posted. I hope this thread finds you well.

    Who would've thought, in less time than the time I've been gone from this forum, the world has undergone a paradigm shift of the greatest magnitude. Society, culture and every aspect of our day to day lives have been irrevocably changed forever. A lot of people are struggling, and for many, there doesn't seem to be much of a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Even if things are tough right now though, it's important that we have faith and work towards a better future. I thought we might talk about some of the positive outcomes of this pandemic, such as the way that diminished human activity is helping to reduce pollution and repair the ozone layer. I realize there isn't too much joy to gleam from a global viral pandemic; but like anything, this event has both positive and negative effects, so let's discuss some of the positives.

    As an aside, I'd like to mention, this event really feels like the perfect endcap not only to a decade, but to an entire way of life. I've seen people describe this as "the 9/11 of a new generation", but that hardly does it justice. This has changed everything, and it really gave me an appreciation for how things used to be. I used to sit around bitching and moaning about how different things had become in recent years (in comparison to the 90s and early 2000s), but living in the world we have today, 1999 and 2019 couldn't have felt more similar. I really did take life for granted. What I find interesting though, is while the old life is never coming back, I feel a strange sense of optimism and happiness. I think this is the beginning to something much greater. This could be the event that spurs the next step in human ingenuity and evolution, and it's up to us to steer that evolution in the right direction.

    So, what are some of the good things you think will come of this event?

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    My personal hope is more emphasis on working from home. I drove about 2 hours everyday on a normal workday, and I miss my old job where I worked from home entirely. It's not for everyone, but for me it's like magic. On a global scale, the difference in emissions is pretty crazy, and I hope that sends a message to everyone on how much of an actual difference we could make if we tried.

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    Agreed. After having worked 14 hour days in cargo logistics, I never plan on working in any kind of office environment again. Hopefully this event will demonstrate that so much of what we're tasked with doing can be adequately completed from home. Although I do fear the possibility that work and home lives will become too blended, as long as you're in an indjustry that interests you, working from home is arguably nothing but a boon.

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    I'm on the same page with the working from home thing. I did some work from home in the past, and that even allowed me to bring my work along with me when I lived in Japan for a year so I was able to vacation & keep my job at the same time. More recently I was getting worn down by the daily office grind and I also had a 2 hour total commute each day. It's also given people more time for gardening, my neighborhood looks immaculate these days. As I understand, crime is down significantly as well?

    I realize that a lot of people are going through the worst time in their lives, but personally I don't feel any different or that things will be any different after this. The economy will take time to recover, but I don't think people's personalities or behaviors will change. I haven't had any trouble staying positive and I haven't had any noticeable changes in my mood or general outlook. I think that perhaps you're giving people too much credit. Do you think they will really behave differently after stay-at-home orders are ended? How so? My guess is that people are eager to go back to day-to-day life exactly as it was in January/February and they won't learn from this experience.

    I think people who live in Urban/Suburban environments are feeling it more than others. My mom lives in Philadelphia and she is going nuts, always asking to come visit me at my house out in rural Pennsylvania. The same types of stores and activities are open in my area as in the city, but somehow the empty city streets and lack of noise/cars drives some people nearly insane. Where I live, I still see families walking their dog and I can even see 2 neighbors out in their back yards right now! If I just woke up out of a coma today, I wouldn't know that anything has changed. Perhaps other people are more emotional than I am? I've been classified as "low-affect" which means that my highs and lows (both emotionally and in how I socialize) are shallower than other people's. It's shocking to me that people are depressed or having other difficulties after just a few months. Am I missing some aspect of my humanity? I 100% understand the depression from people who have lost their jobs, but outside of that I can't say that I empathize.

    When everything was open people were complaining about going to work, seeing their boss, going shopping, etc. You'd hear all the time that people just wanted to stay home and watch Netflix or sleep. Once they are encouraged to do so, then you just get complaints about wanting to go out & live life normally again. I'm not saying you guys in particular, just what I gather from the public conscience and people I meet on dog walks/at the dog park these days. This has taught me that the average person has even less conviction than I had previously thought.
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    Welcome back, StarDood!

    I actually did a thread awhile back on if this was going to cause a change in attitude for the world. I would like to think that this would cause people to realize that the things they bitch about isn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things and we strive for more common decency.

    Not to mention everyone is acting so gloomy about this. Don't get me wrong, this is certainly a serious matter but mankind has a habit of soldiering through bleak times. We're a species that survived the plague and the spanish flu so this too shall pass eventually. It'll take time for things to go back to normal but we'll pull through just like mankind has always have.

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    I have been working from home for quite a number of years now because of my anxiety issues. It can be hard to stay focused at times but I think there are plenty of people who could do it if they had to and may find they come to enjoy it. At the same time, I know a lot of people out there who can't sit home all day, or for several days a week because it drives them nuts. Maybe I have become conditioned to it because I really don't mind it at all.

    I just wish there were more options for folks in the restaurant business right now because my own father is not getting enough income and was making more on unemployment. Both my parents are struggling to stay afloat.

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