Whitaker Institute member Prof Pat Dolan, of the Population and Migration cluster, has written a new piece for RTÉ Brainstorm. The article looks at who and what we have come to value in the pandemic and whether these values will remain post-pandemic.
How lockdown has made us realise who and what matters most
‘Caring and nurturing all members is key to family and community functioning’
Opinion: will our reawakened awareness of family and community continue in a post-pandemic world?
For many of us, an unexpected outcome of lockdown and the pandemic has been a greater awareness of how much we need others, how much we give and receive family support and a rediscovery of our local community. This has also come with a reawakening of our necessity for the very basic things in life and what actually really matters.
The media has rightfully focussed on the positive and negative social impact of the pandemic. Issues such as isolation, income and health concerns, uncertainly about the future and, notably for some families, the horror of domestic violence and abuse, have all come to the fore. Continue reading…