COVID-19 back

Some fallouts associated with COVID-19 (social distancing, sheltering in place, unemployment, etc.) can threaten cultural peril. But how might they be positive? For the first time in a long time — and I think the whole of my life — we are being invited to do less, and this may give us space to think more. Imagine relief for TL;DR.

In one of my first W2 employment roles, wherein I earned four point something per hour performing mostly manual labor, but with a significant component of strategic forethought, a manager of mine, upon seeing me standing in the storeroom looking up at some shelves, asked me what I was doing. I said, “Thinking.” I was indeed thinking out a plan for my inventory-related task. He snapped back, “Well, think less and do more.”

That exchange has never left me because of how wrong it appeared on its face. Over the years I have had occasion to flirt with the possibility that the statement can make sense in some scenarios, but in the main, I believe it just doesn’t. Perhaps that’s an economic pragmatism; perhaps it’s a religious ideal.

In all events, this here is a place where you can think more while doing less, and have great positive impact on your Land compatriots, if not others.