Some Optimism for What Comes After

I am the most optimistic guy in the whole pandemic. And why shouldn’t I be? My commute time has gone from about an hour a day to zero. All my meetings have either been moved online or eliminated entirely. The amount of time I’m spending with my wonderful wife and kids has gone way, way up.

So, yeah, I’m prejudiced toward the bright side of the current crisis. I think we’re going to learn a lot of lessons from this that we should’ve learned a long time ago. For instance:

That meeting could’ve probably just been an email – We’re well into the internet era and well past the time when everyone should have figured out that knowledge workers (by which I mean, computer nerds) don’t have to sit in a cubicle all day to get work done. And the only way in-person meetings are better than a teleconference (or just an email) is when somebody brings donuts, which they never do.

Home schooling isn’t so scary after all – I’m still not on the home school train, but our first week was definitely much less painful than I expected. And I’m willing to bet that a lot of other parents who already had one foot on the train are finding out the same thing. Online resources can give them results that are as good as traditional schools, without any of the ideological indoctrination that gets ladled on top.

Globalism has reasonable limits – There are some really good reasons to have borders, and to have serious border controls.

Garbage is not so bad – The word “disposable” gets a bad rap. In many instances, instead of washing and sterilizing something, it’s better to just throw it away. It’s virtually impossible to catch a disease from a grocery bag that’s at the bottom of a landfill.

A whole lot of regulations are unnecessary if not downright counterproductive – The speed with which we’re solving this problem is directly related to the number of regulations we’re sweeping out of the way. After this is over, let’s comb through all the government regulations and force each one of them to explain why we shouldn’t kill it.

How about let’s make some stuff locally, maybe? – Or at least let’s not turn over all our vital manufacturing to a bunch of utterly corrupt crooks and liars. And whoever thought it was a good idea to move pharmaceutical manufacturing to China should definitely take a pay cut.

The Wuhan Flu is forcing us to re-evaluate a lot of things, but a lot of things needed to be re-evaluated. I’m hopeful that we’ll take this chance to try some new, good ideas and throw out some old, bad ones.