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Rising to the level of our aspirations

We are two months into a whole new world. I have questions. First, what are we to call this whole new world? I don’t like “COVID-19”. It certainly doesn’t rise to the level of BC – AD. The Pandemic Era doesn’t work for me either. While the virus has precipitated this whole new world, I would rather focus on the opportunity it presents than the danger. So I’m going to call it the Great Reinvention. What am I reinventing? Meeting on Zoom calls has to be first on the list. Something I used to do once or twice a month I’m now doing several times daily. I’m certainly not reinventing the idea of staying connected, but Zoom is helping make it happen. Oh, and watching myself on the screen shows me just how often I touch my face! What else am I reinventing? As I wrote in “Rough Waters Make Good Sailors”, clear thinking has never been more important. The media’s job is to keep our attention and make money; it’s not to provide incisive data and a balanced perspective. I’m finding it more challenging than ever to get to real facts and put them in perspective. Making reasonable inferences could become a new sport to replace the ones we have lost. I’m using tool The Ladder of Inference more than ever to discipline myself to distinguish between facts and conclusions. What are the opportunities provided by this great reinvention? I’m more attuned than ever to the things that really ...
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