Reality can be harsh. Change can be difficult. Life can be unfair.
Many people today want to deny that the coronavirus is a problem. Or that it even exists. They want life to be as it was only a few months ago. No masks. No hand sanitiser. No "social" distancing. Kids in school. People at work. Shopping. Sports. Movies. Travel wherever we want. No sickness and death.
I'd like that too. I miss being able to hug a friend. I still instinctively go to shake hands when meeting a new or old friend. I cringe when people stand too close to each other, talking (expelling droplets) without masks. I miss the occasional conference where hundreds of people are exchanging ideas, and I move from one conversation to the next with intelligent people who have fascinating stories. I especially miss the dances in the public square with friends from several nations gathered around the perimeter tables, enjoying life.
But wanting normal does not bring normal back. The only thing that will bring back normal is for everyone to follow the guidelines to minimise infectious spread, and a viable vaccine that is trustworthy and effective. The more people resist the basics of smart hygiene, the longer the virus will persist and the more people will die. I'm trying every day not to be one of them, even if I don't like the routine much.
I also understand the desire to not have strangers parading around your neighborhood, protesting, breaking windows, spraying graffiti. Some are mere troublemakers, including astroturfers, taking advantage of legitimate grievances and peaceful protests to spread their own version of infection.
But tear gas and rubber bullets won't fix the underlying problems that triggered the original grievances. And if we don't address the root of the issue, the embers will just re-ignite time and time again. You might as well dig that underground bunker now.
In my rose-coloured world, there would be no thug dictators (or dictator wannabes), no senseless wars creating millions of refugees, no banking crooks hoarding most of the wealth while politicians wink-wink, no climate change laying waste through fire and flood, no surveillance state monitoring our every move ... and yet, that's the world we live in. So we must deal with it the best way each of us can. Denying reality doesn't change it.