To think that we spent so much time studying the internal contradictions and crisis tendencies of global capitalism —there are books, studies, and papers galore by many scholars and think tanks — and then, to the surprise of nearly all of us, the triggering mechanism of a global economic crisis turns about to be a lethal and transmittable virus that is undetectable to the human eye.

Life, as we are finding out once again, surprises, or said differently, takes very unexpected turns. And that should be a warning against closed systems of thinking and acting. At this moment, we find ourselves in a wholly unimaginable situation. And it will entail some altogether new ways of understanding, interacting, and changing if we hope to escape it and live in a livable, egalitarian, and sustainable world.