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Virus forces us to re-think customs and societal norms

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It is not a new concept that South Africa’s most mandatory customs in social spheres were overtly expensive and amounted to unnecessary waste and environmental damage, as culturally significant as they may be.


26 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Virus forces us to re-think customs and societal norms

Global disasters tend to present new opportunities to review some societal norms which, until then, may not have seemed outdated or even unnecessary. Medieval Europe was forced to reinvent its labour-intensive industries and adapt to a smaller workforce. Weapons and artillery, medical and scientific innovations still being built upon and used today can be traced back to the awful mid-15th century period of famine and plague across that region. It comes as no surprise that a 21st century plague, born to free thinkers, innovators and leaders of a much more liberated world, could rein in the next level of optimisation...

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