Being prepared for life’s unexpected curveballs doesn’t have to look like prepping for doomsday. As Joakim Book explains, stinky stuff happens but being prepared typically means having redundancies in place so you have options.
As satisfying as it might seem to pillory the politicians and bureaucrats who led the lockdown efforts, I’d settle for them using it as a learning experience of what not to do. Peter Suderman says the pandemic is a case for policy humility. These officials need to understand that their knowledge and power is more limited than they think.
In Aldous Huxley’s dystopian, yet fictional, Brave New World, the masses are kept under control via a drug called Soma. Would it surprise you to learn that we have something similar keeping us similarly zoned out? Robert Weissberg has a very interesting take on what he calls the curse of the iPhone.
What’s the difference between meddling and criticism? As Grayson Quay points out, only one of these things tends to utilize compulsion. He has a terrific essay on why the argument “it doesn’t affect you” is generally a bad argument to make.