Staving Off the Pandemic Blues

Harper splashes through a puddle at Bob Woodruff Park in Plano, Texas. Like most of the world’s natural systems, she doesn’t see COVID-19 as a threat.

As a modern human given to the chaotic rhythm of capitalist society, my brain is not adjusted for isolation from work, errands, restaurants, shopping malls. Unmoored from these temporal emblems of our social experiment, I’m easily depressed.

But the physical world is full of lessons about dealing with the chronological nature of human perception. Some insects live only hours or a day, while a volcano…