Saturday, March 14, 2020


I've been thinking about something my best friend in my L.A. years (Hubert Selby Jr.) used to say to me: that you can't have up without down, pleasure without pain, success without failure, or what we call "good" without "bad". In terms of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we know well what"s "bad" so what's "good"?

Well pollution is way down (did you see those satellite photos from space showing China without the smog?). It mainly kills old folks who have lived most of their lives already. And those who die from it are a very tiny percentage of those who get it. It's forcing people to reevaluate their lives and priorities and social interactions and concerns. It's slowed everything, or most everything, down. It's demonstrating how the entire world is interconnected and equally at risk, like a wake-up call before we destroy the planet, let alone ourselves. It's making most folks express their love and concern for those they may have been taking for granted. It's bringing out the best in a lot of people, and making those who cling to the worst obvious in new and more prominent ways. I could go on but that'll do.

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