Finn McRedmond: No end in sight to the new age of anxiety

Amid Covid, climate, Brexit and housing crises, is it time to take a deep breath?

The rising blood pressure of our common conscience is not just thanks to climate anxiety. The pandemic has left the world feeling nervy and skittish.

The rising blood pressure of our common conscience is not just thanks to climate anxiety. The pandemic has left the world feeling nervy and skittish.

Since WH Auden popularised the phrase The Age of Anxiety in his eponymous 1947 poem, it has become a catch-all term. Post-war Europe, the cold war, the financial crisis of 2008 have all been dubbed as epochal moments of fear and uncertainty.

Amid a pandemic, housing crises, increasing climate fatalism and even Brexit-induced political anathema, are we living in the most anxious of times? The atmosphere certainly feels jittery, and the pulse of society beating more rapidly than ever before.

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