By Cherie Flintoff
It’s tempting to say the pandemic was responsible. That it raged through the population, destroying everything in its path.
But the pandemic was more like a solid bureaucrat. A vicious bureaucrat, dishing out illness and death, but doing so without malice. Doing its job effectively, perhaps with a wry smile about those who thought it wasn’t real.
The real rage, the rage that destroyed the city?
That rage came from the people, fuelled by fear and a new tribalism. Vaxxed vs unvaxxed. Each “side” so dogged in self-righteousness they lost sight of compassion and empathy.
Rage won. Everybody else lost.
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