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Is 2020 a dreadful 366 days or a massive awakening? Show more Show less

From a worldwide pandemic to fires that destroyed almost a quarter of Australia to racial supremacism, maybe what 2020 holds isn't a dreadful 366 days, but an awakening that forces us to shed, release, and re-evaluate humanity. From the Cenozoic Era, when humans first appeared, to what is now known as Gen Z, the developments and evolution are- without a doubt- significant and momentous. Along with technology, humans have also changed how we live, eat, and feel over time. However, humanity has also managed to feel superior to other races and religions, form divides and oppression against their own kind, make a mercenary of an altruistic society, and grow increasingly self-centered and self-obsessed in just a couple thousand years. But finally, with this worldwide pandemic, we are granted a quiet and calm space that allows us to reflect and re-evaluate. We become self-aware and are conscious of how we act and how the people around us act. We are able to shift beyond self-actualization into a realm of self-transcendence. With the deadly fires that arose, we have come to realize and experience the horrible hell we have put our animals and environment through. With protests and petitions against racial supremacism, we are finally able to use media for a cause that helps and fights for humanity and justice. Perhaps, the purpose of 2020 is not to evoke fear and dread but to force you to open your eyes and ears to see and hear the chaos and mayhem that we created from a peaceful, harmonious human civilization. Perhaps, 2020 is The Golden Age of Transformation.

2020 is merely a dreadful and tiresome year. Show more Show less

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It cost a lot of people's lives with covid-19, riots, and fires.

Though 2020 has had unprecedented and globally altering events, the idea of it being a massive awakening is over-dramatic. Simply because there are multiple major events within the first half of a single year does not automatically make it some upheaval of all that we know as humans. 2020 is an eventful year, but still just a year.
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Context

The Argument

2020 has been an eventful year with threats of war and Kobe Bryant's death in January, fires raging across Australia in February, the COVID-19 pandemic really ramping up throughout the world in March, and the killing of George Floyd and subsequent rioting/tearing down of American monuments in May and June. Though the first half of the year was incredibly hectic and unprecedented (especially COVID-19 and the implications it has for the whole world heading into the future), 2020 is not some awakening that reworks the course of human civilization. There are other years within modern human history, specifically American history, that could be compared to the severity of 2020. 1968 saw multiple political assassinations like those of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, horrible acts of racism and violence toward black bodies, and a raging war at the peak of its casualties in Vietnam.[1] Anyone in the thick of it back then might have claimed 1968 was the great "awakening" that would bend the course of time itself, yet, today, it is often easy to forget that 2020 has its fair share of predecessors.

Counter arguments

Though 2020 may be similar to other years in terms of eventfulness, the number of life-altering circumstances just within the first six months denotes an unprecedented shit in the global landscape, and COVID-19 as well as the protests against George Floyd's death are pivotal for the future. The idea of some sort of spiritual or political awakening occurring is understandable, and when considering the idea of "waking up" as living in the present moment and the world around us, 2020 seems to be the perfect year to "wake up" and pay attention to a changing and moving human dynamic. Comprehending aspects of social and medical evolution never seen before could involve a sort of spiritual awareness and oneness in time, both with oneself and one another.

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Premises

[P1] 2020 is an unprecedented year full of world-altering events like COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd. [P2] Simply because 2020 is incredibly eventful, a spiritual or social awakening is not necessarily in store for the future. There are similarly tumultuous years in modern history (like 1968) that possess attributes akin to that of 2020. [P3] There is no awakening in 2020.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] 2020 certainly entails an altering and ever-changing reality, and a social awakening as a result of all the protests over race is imminent. A spiritual "waking up" is understandable because of how different and severe this year is from all the years in the past. [Rejecting P3] The possibility of an awakening in 2020 should not be ruled out.

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  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/1968-and-2020-lessons-from-americas-worst-year-so-far/612415/
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