There is actually nothing good about a coronavirus. But if you look for at least some positive moments in this global tragedy, then one such moment could be the launch of a mechanism for the changing of the guard of the political elites in the world, Valdai Club expert Andrei Kortunov writes.
Have you ever thought about the age paradox of coronavirus?
Everyone knows that the virus is at its most dangerous when contracted by elderly people. But in everyday life, it’s not the pensioners who suffer the most from the pandemic, but the youth. Yes, of course, there have been more than twenty thousand deaths around the world – these deaths have almost exclusively been of the elderly and the very elderly. But the pandemic has changed the lives of tens and even hundreds of millions of young people, and to a greater extent than the lives of any other age group.
Who, if not the young, spend their evenings visiting night clubs and bars?
What age cohort goes to big parties, gets cinema tickets, and backpacks all over Europe and America?
Which generation fills the stadiums at pop concerts and at football matches?
Middle-aged people are burdened with families and are somewhat tired of life, for them it is easier to transfer to self-isolation and even treat it as an unexpected gift of fate. But for some reason, the millennials, and their younger brothers and sisters, do not want to sit at home at all on Saturdays and Sundays, but it is they who are forced to abandon their familiar rhythms of life and everyday entertainment that is so important to them.