Life Lessons from the Pandemic


What have I, we, some of us learned from the last three months that will change the way we live and interact when  we return to “normal?”

  1. We have a responsibility for self-care both to ourselves and to everyone else.
  2. Preventing deaths from a pandemic is not costless, not just in economic terms but in the quality of life for survivors.
  3. There are multiple ways of staying connected, but technology is a mixed blessing, excluding some, empowering others but providing less than real human contact for others.
  4. It is clear that working at home will evolve from a trend to a new norm in many occupations. But it too has a shadow side, isolation for some, distractions and disruptions for others.
  5. We need to be better prepared for future pandemics, because an overcrowded globe has greater opportunities for transmission (animal to human, human to human).
  6. Science is not fact. Science is theories supported by statistical evidence that the theory is probably true. The circumstances of human life and of the planet is the context in which scientific evidence is heard and weighed against other considerations, values and priorities that are economic, social, political, spiritual, and psychological in nature.
  7. Life has been disrupted for our children and young adults in ways they will carry with them into their future.
  8. Online learning is not the wave of the future, but rather a tool that complements rather than supplanting in-person and hands on-learning. The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is contextual and interpersonal.  Ever try learning how to ride a bicycle  by watching a YouTube video?
  9. We put too much faith in science as a savior and not enough in the potential positive change from altering human behavior, whether by personal practice and example or by regulation and education. No one can do it alone. We have to change the culture to be willing to acknowledge that we are less autonomous and more interdependent.
  10. Government is neither Santa Claus nor oppressive dictator but rather a tool for living together in a community of mutuality and shared responsibilitiy. Next time you talk to a candidate for public office, ask him/her how they feel about that understanding of government.
  11. Be safe. Be well. Be careful. Be kind.


One thought on “Life Lessons from the Pandemic

  1. Holley,

    After my recent experience with online learning I could not agree more with #8!

    Thank you sharing these lessons!



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