The pandemic made it clear there is such a thing as society. COVID-19 upended life as we knew it and challenged the basic concepts we previously took for granted: democracy, society, family and freedom. In the earliest days of lockdown, many assumed that introverts would thrive. However, for award-winning novelist Elif Shafak her experience has been the opposite. Here, she explains why it's time to abandon, once and for all, the populist myths of identity used to keep people apart.