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Friday, April 3, 2020

I Am Not a Drug Dealer

I Am Not a Drug Dealer

Those who re-registered to receive The Galli Report (it’s moving away from CT’s server to one I’m using personally) were sent a special edition of the GR, which linked to my website. Well, apparently malware had infected my WordPress code, and some of you were sent to a bogus site in Canada that sells drugs—legal, but still! My apologies to those who got caught in this. I’ve worked with my hosting service, which has cleared out the malware and increased the site’s security so this should not happen again.
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What Will Happen Next?
That’s the subject of a number of COVID-19 pieces I ran across this last week. You may not want to read all of them, but here are ones I found most compelling:
  • Common Enemy” scans history to ponder what COVID-19 will do to us. The author thinks World War II might be the best guide to the future:
World War II united most of the world against a common enemy in a way that’s incredibly rare. Cooperation within, and between, countries surged.
The fight against COVID-19 is nearly identical in that respect. This may be the first time since the 1940s that so much of the world is united so firmly against such a specific foe.
What unity did to people’s behaviors – their abilities, their outlooks, their incentives – surprised many during World War II. If history is any guide, we’re about to be surprised again.
  • From the same website (Collaborative Fund) and same author (Morgan Housel) we have “Wounds Heal, Scars Last.” Just as the Great Depression and World War II shaped the psychology of a generation, Housel argues, so will this pandemic.
  • On a more prosaic note, Michael Brenden Doughtery at the National Review, on the way to arguing that masks will never become normalized in the US as they are in, for example, many Asian cultures, gives us a theology of masks along the way.
For Inspiration
Two pieces to consider. The longer one is Pope Francis’ sermon from his March 27 global prayer service. It was extraordinary in my view, and (except for some Catholic notes at the end) helpful for all Christians. It begins:
“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. …
The second is something wonderful and moving to take in by eye and ear, a virtual choir singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Grace and peace,

Mark GalliMark Galli

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