19 years ago, on 9/11/2001, terrorists struck America. And it, or rather how we responded, came to define the first decade of the 21st century. Then, in the 2010s, the world reeled from the Great Recession, and in many ways it defined the second decade.
And now our world is in the throes of an invisible enemy that will likely impact more lives over time than even the decades of terrorism or recession did. Will the coronavirus pandemic define the 2020s? Very likely. It seems every decade, more-or-less, has one defining crisis that impacts the culture and individuals more than any other–sometimes positively, sometimes negatively, usually both.
Will we draw together as never before, relieved that we finally can, developing a renewed sense of the value of community? Or will we pull apart, embracing the alienation and mistrust that have become so familiar to us? Will we learn to communicate better? Or will we assault one another with dubious “facts” and continually shifting shadow-opinions, and call that communication? Will we define the world we inherit?
Or will it define us?
“You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich
“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” ~Madeleine L’Engle
“So live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life, but as those who do.” ~Ephesians 5:15