Back to the World

I just watched Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods this weekend — easily one of the most powerful films I’ve seen in recent memory.

There’s plenty else that could be said about the social commentary, but I want to highlight the Vietnam-era phrase “back to the world” for a moment here. During their time in Vietnam, the main characters frequently talk about what it’ll be like to go “back to the world” and what they’ll do when they get there, and of course only some of those ideas are borne out in reality.

All of which, in the midst of a pandemic, begs the questions: who will we be and what will we do when we’re able to go back to the world, and what sort of world will we be going back to?