Jay Hoffmann

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Big Lessons from History

Part of what’s made Covid dangerous is that we got so good at preventing pandemics in the last century that few people before January assumed an infectious disease would ever impact their lives. It was hard to even comprehend. The irony of good times is that they breed complacency and skepticism of warnings.

Morgan Housel extracts lessons from the present moment by thinking like a historian rather than an analyst. For everyday people, there is a lot to learn from what we are currently going through. But it’s not how to manage a pandemic, it’s how society reacts to shared trauma.