Erik, this is an excellent piece. As a teacher, I can be doing better with online teaching and lessons for this day and age. But the time quarantined has given me more time to crisis counsel on the Crisis Text Line and be of service to people from the confines of my own home.

The world is going to be a very different place because of the Coronavirus crisis. I’m reminded of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “Easter 1916,” stating that the world is “changed, changed utterly:/ A terrible beauty is born.”

This isn’t the time for lament and inactivity, but a crisis where we determine the influence we want to make on the world. It is times of crisis that reveal the best and the worst of us — the kindness, grace, and bravery of first responders in 9/11 can give us a model.

I wrote about “drama” and times of crisis and how we can perceive them as good rather than bad here:

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