2020 was a year full of emotions and experiences that no one was prepared for. People all around the world have suffered and are still suffering in one way or another due to the pandemic.
Where this year brought countless unpleasant surprises, it did manage to generate civil discourse on pressing issues of the society like mental health and social disparity.
If you want to learn your lesson from 2020, then you need to break your echo chamber and see the world from a neutral and unbiased lens.
In this blog, I’ve narrowed down some of the things that indicate how 2020 gave rise to civil discourse about pressing issues of society.
Here you go:
People Learned About Importance of Sound Mental Health
Being in isolation in our own homes made us realize how it must feel to be lonely. It was an opportunity that we shared to experience what people with mental illness may feel all the time. Apart from that, it gave us some time to think about ourselves, and many people started to suffer from traumas that they’ve buried long ago.
Domestic abuse cases started to rise, showing how women are not even safe in their houses and their mental and physical health is at stake. Hence, the discourse on all these issues was generated, and people are talking about it to make changes so that we can all feel safe.
It Showed Us the Importance of Compassion and Empathy
There is no denying the fact that COVID’19 affected the world economy. Millions of people lost their jobs. People who are relatively more fortunate started to give away their wealth so that they can help those who are suffering. Governments all over the world announced bailout packages for their citizens because it was the need of the hour. Hence, we all learned that with a little compassion and empathy, we could get over all kinds of worst circumstances.
It Highlighted the Issues Like Racism, Gender Inequality, etc.
Pressing issues like racism and gender inequality were highlighted in 2020, and a civilized discourse was generated. People have finally started to talk about how marginalized communities suffer even more during the time of crisis. It was the reason that people came out on the streets even during the pandemic to show their support to the people who have suffered oppression and injustice for way too long.