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Within a global pandemic that sees no horizon, it can be easy to lose hope. But amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is for sure—nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Former pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and restructure a world anew. This time is no different, offering us a chance to examine the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves and persevere with something better. In the words of Arundhati Roy, “We can choose to walk through it, dragging the
carcasses of our prejudice and hatred…or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
This issue, we hope our contributors’ stories can help you feel a little more hopeful and, most importantly, make you feel like you are not alone. As we transition into the autumn and winter months, let us not forget to be more vulnerable with one another. Let us continue to touch each other’s hearts, despite the obstacles that stand in the way of actual, physical touch. Let us reach out to our loved ones and find connection, rather than staying cold and closed off.
Editor in Chief