Sure, 2020 is a truly fucked up year. But has anyone taken a close look at 536 CE?
What’s that you say?
18 months of global dimming, agriculture crashed, famines, plagues, more eruptions and climate chaos and plagues (this went on for decades more or less) and then suddenly it looks like “civilization” is back up and running because there’s a lot more lead in the air from the restart of the lead smelters (because lead was a useful metal).
I remember reading about that recently, and the time afterward (if you were lucky enough to survive) was a time of great economic mobility and restructuring. I know you posted ironically, but the thought that we might make something good out of all this does sometimes give me hope.
Like, in Maine, our local food economy has been strengthened. One small silver lining.