Never has it been more important to be in family. And not surprising larger families, typical of the developing world are providing a sense of emotional security and well being that makes things feel more normal in tbis time of crisis, whilst the so called developed countries drown in fear. The resilience of people who have adapted to living in larger groups via the extended family is infinite. Of course there are other challenges, such as limited opportunities for formal education, credit, and corrupt governments which work against any sense of economic security for the long term. This makes life harder. But the bottom line in terms of COVID is that shared resources and emotional support within the family and community provide people with a life that still liveable. People are not falling apart. I am in Mexico, and it feels much better here than it did in Canada. Why? Because the family is the system and the system is the family. No one will be abandoned here. People will risk themselves for someone they love. People still touch each other. Maybe it is because life is always changing. Maybe its because nothing is for certain. Maybe its because people don’t waste all their time thinking about the future. People are more present. Maybe it’s because The ties that bind keep people anchored and that is the only certainty that exists.
I will never truly know what the truth is because i can only see things through my own cultural lense, but i have spoken to many who say they just want to enjoy life.
It probably helps that people aren’t constantly watching the news. They are not that interested.
I hope the mainstream networks all perish after this is over. They have no conscience.