Or, to put it another way, they’re favoring convenience over positive change. And let’s be honest, positive change is hard in comparison to convenience. It’s harder to change your routine than it is to bite the bullet and accept a little change. Could that flexibility be taught? Do we need better cultural examples of it? And what about all those change-resistant people who showed no flexibility during the pandemic? There’s a lot to think about here.
So I guess that my suggestion here is to think tactically about when to play the card of convenience. Think about the small freedom versus the large one. The failure of our culture to properly respond to this pandemic when it happened meant that, if a vaccine had not emerged, we might have been in a permanent state of COVID-19. We still might be to some degree, but at least we have a weapon to fight against it.
It would be nice to have another—the ability to culturally discern the small freedoms from the large ones.