Monday, May 04, 2020

Malcolm Gladwell notes that people in western countries usually can adapt to major disruption quickly, even if it lasts a while


Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell notes that people have adapted to very radical disruptions in the logistics of their lives.

He is concerned that Americans will go back to the way they were when this is over and not change their institutions.

He compares to the British during the Blitz in 1940, where the disruption was much more severe and lasted much longer. 

Well, individualism is predicated on your own control of your own personal physical mobility and now identity online. Those features have facilitated the virus (and previous trauma like Charlottesville).

Gladwell had once questioned whether it was moral to be a football fan.  You see the moral parallels with wanting to go everywhere? 

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