Well, 2020 was an unusual year, to say the least.
Though … I find myself struck by the extent of the frustration people express with the events of this past year – as if they are almost offended by the year, as if the burdens put on them, the sacrifices required of them, are unfair, somehow.
This is not only nonsensical; it is, it seems to me, almost disrespectful of the incredible challenges places on previous generations – all previous generations – going back to time immemorial. Even in the past 100 years or so, the world has seen major impositions such as smallpox, polio, the Spanish Flu of 1918, pogroms, genocides, and two World Wars. Take that back several hundred years before that, and we have slave trades, bubonic plagues, inquisitions, Crusades, Viking raids, and so on, and so on.