These are scary times, and it is easy to allow anxiety to take over. Human beings are social animals; even during the darkest days of the Blitz when terror and death rained from the sky, the pubs and theatres stayed open.
But this is not the end of the world. It is temporary, and normal life will return soon as long as we all take the simple precautions advised by the government.
But we’re alive! And anyone reading this is certainly in sufficient possession of their faculties to recognize that fact. All crises bring out the best and the worst in people, but from what I have seen in the current situation, the former outweighs the latter by many times.
Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of people I pass during my walks outside – at least two metres distant – not only nod or say hello, but now ask ‘How are you?’, and seem disposed to pass the time of day. Is it possible that the silver lining in all of this will be the mending of the awful divisions in the country caused by you know what? I live in hope, and I am determined to be cheerful!
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