The post-pandemic blurred the limits of absurdity

The post-pandemic blurred the limits of absurdity

He “sense of the absurd” It is where the lines are that separate the possible from the improbable. We use this layout to discern between credible facts and crazy ramblings. However, Recent global events distorted this inner compass.

Absurdity has a curious nature: when it happens to us personally, our perspective adjusts. But when this absurdity manifests itself on a large scale, its digestibility is reduced to a minimum. The pandemic of COVID-19 is a clear example. A disease that paralyzed the world, claimed countless lives and raised uncertainty, was perceived as a giant absurdity.

The skies without airplanes, the streets without people; the entire planet locked in his house, fearing a virus whose mortality was unknown. Heated debates around the world about the use of face masks were complemented by appearances by scientists and politicians lying about the effectiveness of improvised homemade masks, to stop the consumption of the appropriate equipment and leave it at the disposal of health workers.

The most cultivated cities in Europe prepared their mass graves, while developing countries took advantage of the youth of their population to avoid the worst results of the infection. The rich countries became unfortunate, and the poorest countries became demographic powers.

This once absurd event changed the limits of reason. Thus, we saw behaviors and events that, in pre-pandemic times, would have been dismissed as crazy. From sessions of the US Congress discussing UFOs, to the rise of figures like Robert Kennedy Jr. wielding anti-vaccine theories. Adding to the list, the Vice President of Spain, Yolanda Diaz, suggested that “the rich have a plan B and are building rockets to escape earth or live in the Metaverse.” However, the most worrying example may be the perception of the current US president, and favorite candidate for re-election, who showed clear signs of dementia in public.

In a speech, Joe Biden He repeated an entire passage without realizing it. In other instances, there are videos of the president wanting to shake hands with people who are not there. The collection of facts of this type is long. It should be noted that the White House always has an ex-post clarification that it wants to sound reasonable – perhaps adding to the absurd.

On the other hand, the sense of humor, that escape valve that keeps us sane, depends on the absurd. The comic is what is perceived as improbable. However, In an era where the absurd and the probable are confused, we run the risk of losing that anchor with reality.

Thus, the recent succession of events invites us to reflect on how we have reconfigured our perception of the absurd. The challenge now is to reevaluate and recalibrate our sense of the possible, so as not to lose our connection to reality and, more importantly, to ourselves.

Philosopher and international analyst (author of Desilusionismo, ed. Planeta)

Source: Ambito

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