Two Different Quarantines

J Boyles
5 min readJun 11, 2021

The world has always been divided into the Haves and the Have Nots. The levels of separation vary depending on the environment but class separation is obvious everywhere in the world. Natural socioeconomic principles in action, the wealthy prefer to live near and associate with other wealthy individuals, or at least individuals unaffected by the wealth gap. Meanwhile, the underprivileged are forced to live in unsafe neighborhoods surrounded by dangerous individuals and disadvantaged citizens. The paradox being, you cannot have one without the other. It is a problem that will never be solved. Instead, we self-compartmentalize into comfortable categories and live in our divisive little communities. The virus destroyed our illusion of equality amongst our individually selected living spaces. Dividing lines are no longer highways separating cities. Now, the wealthy and the unfortunate are neighbors saying “Hi” to each other every morning as they do their best to conceal their current status from one another. The pandemic wiped away all the original lines of class separation and merged all the Haves with the world’s new Have Nots. Unable to hide from the destructive effects of the virus ravaging our planet, our debt-driven, economy-dependent world was left exposed in a way we never imagined possible. Industrial supply chains and personal support systems are equally disrupted without discrimination the world over. No one was safe from the effects, and absolutely no one went untouched as our world shut down around us. As we emerge from quarantines and self-isolation, in need of human contact but still warry of hugging loved ones and shaking hands with neighbors, the new socioeconomic lines etched into our communities by the pandemic are glaringly obvious and frighteningly close to home.

Throughout this pandemic, I have sat on both sides of this socioeconomic fence. In 2020 as the unknown virus circled the globe my family had the luxury of affording all our necessities as government-imposed quarantines closed the world around us. With all our basic needs covered, we enjoyed the ability to stay locked inside our cozy 240 ft² studio watching our newborn child come to life. Our new daughter kept us busy throughout our days, and we were able to purchase a TV so we could comfortably watch movies at night. With government-imposed curfew and the leaving of our apartment restricted to essential…

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J Boyles
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Conservative entrepreneur and family man — Standing up to government bureaucracy and fighting for family values over Big Government.