Wednesday, May 20, 2020


He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him.

— Hans Christian Andersen

Hospitals are swamped. Morgues are filled. Unemployment offices can't keep up with first-time applications.

What possible good can come from Covid-19?

I continue to hear people say we were blindsided, that the pandemic is a black swan.

The man who coined the term, financier Nassim Nicholas Taleb, disputes that claimHe thinks the pandemic was foreseeable and—like Bill Gatespredicted it.

That would make it (although no less catastrophic) a gray swan.

The deaths (93 thousand) and job losses (36 million) are indeed catastrophic.

But many of us are witnessing aspects of the lockdown that are less so:
  • The air and rivers are refreshing themselves
  • Animals are reasserting themselves
  • Parents are discovering they have children
  • Children are discovering they have parents 
  • Neighbors are discovering they are neighbors
  • People are learning there's value in art, architecture and books
  • Adults are rediscovering bikes
  • Family members are sleeping regularly and eating locally grown food
  • Citizens are realizing government isn't their enemy; and
  • Republicans are beginning to realize the president is
I think—for some of usthe pandemic's an ugly duckling.

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