Ask yourself: How do you think of the time before now? Do you look back at life before the COVID-19 pandemic and remember when it was safe to gather together? Perhaps you remember even practically begging for alone time? Do you approach topics of diversity and inclusion differently after the Black Lives Matter protests? Do you consider how a brutally divided election has impacted your political beliefs?
The world has transformed, for better and worse, in 2020. It has brought the idea of change and uncertainty into the forefronts of our minds day in and day out. Indeed, the pandemic has forced us to move our print magazine into this online format for the first time ever, with no certainty on when a print edition will return. Change isn’t the best word to describe what’s happened to us all this year, as change can, at times, be small forgotten details throughout the day. Rather, we are undergoing long-term, life-changing developments: a metamorphosis.
Communities flourish off their most participatory members. Those members have struggled to make it through the pandemic but are finding ways to survive, such as in “Transpose” and “Through the grapevine.” Members who wanted to lead us through this turbulent period campaigned against challenges in “Pandemic politics.”
But a pandemic is not the only catalyst for metamorphosing.