“The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all.” ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road
I think this quote from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel, “The Road” can shed some like about just how fragile everything in our world really is. That a deadly virus, or a change in the supply chain, or the tipping of the financial markets can drastically change and impact the world and earth’s inhabitants in dramatic ways.
Published in September 2006, McCarthy’s words written to a post-modern world is both a cautionary tale and a prophecy of sorts for the days ahead. It may not be this year or even ten years from now, but there will come a day where life as we know it will be irrevocably altered.
I think one important lesson to learn from what we are experiencing today is not to taken anything for granted. Life is change. You don’t always have more time. Things do no always work out. Make the most of what you have today and live each day to the fullest.