“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”
The global Covid19 situation taught many people who their real friends were and weren't. It brought some lovers closer together regardless of physical distance, and split some apart regardless of close proximity. The best lesson though was why you shouldn't let anyone be unhoused or unfed, and that humans really do affect the climate. It became impossible to maintain the illusions that were used to justify unchecked capitalism. Plagues have a tendency to strip away our pretense of control. Praise to all the forces of Nature whose names are unfortunate to mention outside the rainy season. There is no quid pro quo based on your beliefs or politics. There is only alignment or misalignment. Ashe!