Build the human alternative
The late E.P. Thompson, the brilliant British historian, who had little patience for dogma and cant, once wrote, “We need now to learn what religions have always taught: how to achieve the wisdom, the largeness of heart, the strength of character to build the human alternative in the midst of ongoing catastrophe.”
Thompson didn’t have a pandemic in mind when he wrote these words, but they nevertheless speak to us in this time of pandemic. The key phrase is: “build the human alternative in the midst of ongoing catastrophe.” Not a word about stoically carrying the cross or enduring the undurable.