This isn’t just about coronavirus.
We could be talking about any major event in your life. Now’s a good opportunity to discuss major changes, though, because of the global scale of the coronavirus pandemic. We’re all going through this together.
How often can you say that something like that happens?
When you, personally, live through a momentous event in your life, the world is not going through the same thing. Few people will contact you to talk about your problem and strive to truly understand it. And when that’s the case, it’s easy to assume that the world just doesn’t understand, that you are deserving of your new stance, that no one can ever pull you from the trench you dug for yourself.
But when the whole world is impacted by calamity at the same time? What happens then? Can you commiserate with others and pretend that nothing has happened?
You could. But it wouldn’t get you far. Because the map is a new one. The territory isn’t so familiar. And that’s because it’s not. You must find new ways to traverse new landforms. You must pick up unfamiliar pieces of glass to see where you’re going. You must grieve the statue you thought you knew–and move on with a new one.
“Nothing endures but change,” Heraclitus once said.
And he was right.
It can be a scary statement, or it can be a freeing one. When the world changes, you must automatically change, whether you like it or not.
Because you are part of the world.
You have an important role to play in it.
Thanks for reading. This is a later issue. I’ve been considering moving to 4 or 5 issues a week to give everyone a chance to catch up with the reading. I notice that often happens on the weekend. But I also know that many of you have been enjoying my issues that discuss current events. When I decide what to do, I’ll absolutely let you know beforehand.