I think it’s fair to say that for the most part humans are social animals. Certainly, there are those who prefer their own company and, sadly those who for one reason or another are shunned by others.
I think this is even more evident during difficult times. After a death, family and friends gather for funerals and wakes to comfort each other on the loss of a loved one. There is sadness and reminiscing and, perhaps a wee drop or two to ease the situation.
A couple of years ago a favourite local Irish pub burned down. Regulars and staff gathered the next night to check on each other and raise a glass. For several weeks these same folks would run into each other and stop to discuss the situation. A common lost pub brought many people even closer.
With the current COVID19 pandemic the desire to socialize is evident, but not verboten. One of the diabolical aspects of this egregious virus is that what humans tend to do when faced with a crisis is about the worst thing they can do.
I recall hearing about a computer virus that was hacked into a popular antivirus product. That, too, is diabolical: the first thing we do to make sure our computers are virus-free is run the antivirus application, thereby infecting the machine.
While no one has created COVID19, we are still called upon to stay away from others, even if this goes against what feels natural. Or as we like to say, come out of the wheatfield, you’re going against the grain!