We’ve all been reading tons of stuff about life before, during, and after Covid-19. Rightly so, the media is utterly awash with it.
Even so, it’s very rare that you read something that makes you sit up, makes you think, “Holy Smoke, he’s got a point!”
The great Nassim Nicholas Taleb recently tweeted something that made me do exactly that:
“How you did in this pandemic, as a country, a village, a business, a group, or an individual, whether emotionally, economically, or morally, is an indication of how robust you are and how fit you will be for the next decades.”
They say nobody ever enters a character-building situation willingly, either as an individual or as a society.
And yet here we are, doing exactly that. We are being tested. And maybe it’s a good thing, or at least, maybe there will be huge upsides, for all the suffering that precedes it.
Taleb may or may not be right. What he has done, either way, gives us a very compelling idea to chew on.
[Bonus link: Taleb’s ”Antifragile”. One of the best books of the last twenty years. Brilliant.]