A young Isaac Newton coped with the anxiety of the plague’s 1665 return to England by decamping to a farmhouse and inventing calculus, revolutionizing optics, and uncovering the first mysteries of gravity. Shakespeare evidently handled the stress of a bubonic flare-up a half century earlier by writing some of his finest plays, perhaps including King Lear.
We could be forgiven for having more modest personal expectations for our output during the pestilence of our time. But that doesn’t mean we should be content to curl up with Netflix, video games, and hooch. There’s a healthier way—and it might be exactly what a disconnected, polarized, and anxious America needs right now. (Click link to continue reading)