One more, as I rarely visit.
The world is full of many polarities arguing against each other. Right and left, religious and atheist, and countless subpolarities… but now, we all have just one enemy. And everyone has to get on the same page, or they will be utterly humiliated. (For instance, what will happen to the ‘virus is a hoax’ prime minister of Brazil, when the disease flares up there…)
This is an unifying event.
Besides the virus we have “the cure” in the form of economic devastation riding close on the heels of the disease. So yet another reason for everyone to become unified in their common enemy. It is enemies, in the plural. [Still, there is a singularity there.]
A good “for instance”, President Trump has to say what the “Mass Media” is saying, or he will severely screw things up. He has made lies, but he has the ability to make people forget those lies.
What will our world look like after we have globally faced “the Curve”, and found ourselves in a weakened global economy? Will this event change the oceans of fighting polarities? Will this unification of cause lead to a worse system? Or, will humankind learn from this struggle, and come out more sane, more rational?