According to some optimistic predictions by the mainstream media, 2022 might be off to an early start.
Some opinion pieces offered pessimistic views for the coming year in the recent days. These included opinions on climate, democracy and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Los Angeles Times began the 2022 year with an opinion piece titled, “Is it the end? Maybe, but we’ve survived so far.” Virginia Heffernan wrote that “true signs are of light in the darkness” but did not believe the 2021 gains would bring about “the end.
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“Nothing keeps sleep at bay these days like huffing up a few articles about democracy’s doomsday,” Herrernan wrote.
The New York Times doubled down on the fear of democracy’s end in 2022 with an editorial lamenting, “Every Day is Jan. 6 Now,” referencing the Capitol riot last year.
“In summary, the Republic faces an existential danger from a movement openly disdainful of democracy and that has proven that it is ready to resort to violence in order to attain its ends. The board stated that no self-governing society could survive such a threat if it denied its existence.
Even though the Guardian was optimistic about 2022, it also referred to 2022 “another year for living dangerously”.
The risk of new interstate conflicts is increased by the disintegration of the international rules and the spread lethal auto-women. All in all, for most people on Earth – and a handful in space – 2022 will be another year of living dangerously,” Simon Tisdall wrote.
Some people argued for the demise of democracy in 2022. Others cited the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a cause to be concerned about the future.
Vox described the upcoming months as part of COVID-19’s “junior year” marked by “fear and confusion” from an early prediction on Monday,
Contributor Eleanor Cummins wrote, “Welcome to the pandemic’s ‘junior year,’ to adopt the darkly comic term that went viral on Twitter this fall. It looks like 2022 is destined to be the third year in a row that’s marked by fear and confusion, positive tests and near misses — and a resounding feeling of failure.”
MSNBC offered tips to people who enter the new year with high levels of anxiety and stress.
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“On the surface, the source of this anxiety is clear: we’re facing another round of news headlines warning of new Covid-19 strains like Omicron, we’re struggling with ambiguous timelines around returning to the workplace, and many of us feel like we have no ability to plan for the future anymore. And our symptoms – brain fog, exhaustion, lack of sleep and overall burnout – seem pretty clear too,” the op-ed read.
Some others pointed out that climate change is a constant worry in 2022. Forbes listed ways in which the climate change crisis that “continues to worsen” will have implications for businesses. The Hill also warned that despite steps forward made in 2021, there’s still a path to “lose control of the climate system and put civilization at risk.”
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