We are driven to fill our lives with the quest to “access” information. For what purpose or with what limitations, it is not for us to ask; and we are not accustomed to asking, since the problem is unprecedented.
Only now do I understand what Europeans figured out so long ago: you need more than a week to reset and gain perspective. All these little things that I was getting so worked up about over the past year, they are minor in the grand scheme of things.
There will be more philanthropic giving by the wealthiest individuals and it will be driven by increased economic inequality and a sense of obligation among billionaires to invest their wealth in society, especially to benefit the poorest.
That we no longer live in the world portrayed in Game of Thrones is, through the lens of history, very strange.
Our mind’s impulse to categorize everything can cause us to lose sight of each city’s unique history. I say this as a reminder to myself.