“Everything’s Different, Nothing’s Changed”

The other night, as I put supper on the table, I looked out the window for the umpteenth time.

After an afternoon walk and another masked dash through the grocery store, home felt more or less normal: all the usual conveniences worked, the street outside was peaceful, and the downstairs neighbors were partying loudly.

Sitting down to eat, I thought — once again — that Covid has changed everything, yet not much has changed in some important ways. If, for example, some major U.S. cities are underwater by midcentury, or if parts of the continent become essentially unlivable, we’ll have to make some adjustments that far exceed anything we’ve done in the past five months.

Might now be a good time to take a closer look at the longer term?