I’ve been thinking about calamities for years and have some good advice related to the current COVID 19 epidemic. Here it is.
While you are focused on the threat that is in front of you, it is easy to be overwhelmed by a different threat that you may not be expecting. While you are avoiding a lava flow, you can be blindsided by an IRS audit. When you are dodging zombies, you can be abducted by aliens. While you are thwarting potential assassins, you can forget to turn off the gas and blow up your house.
As a public service, I want to remind you that fate has many ways to crush you. Devoting all your attention to one threat is a sure way to be overwhelmed by a different threat.
Now, go wash your hands. But don’t forget this is the time of year when bears come out of hibernation...hungry.
Don—Pittsburgh, March 20, 2020.