That's not all. In fact, this virus has already done so much good for humanity that I can scarcely count all the ways. Of course this has come at great cost but that's the point, isn't it? It was said that a naked virgin carrying a sack of gold could walk safely from one end of Genghis Khan's empire to other other. The Khan did not restore that much order during an earlier age of unrestricted, mindless evil by being a nice guy.
That's been the problem: to protect the good, to restore order -- nay, sanity -- to societies around the world would take an unyielding ruthlessness that only an absolute ruler with a global reach could wield. So while I warned in 2005 when I wrote about Ghengis Khan that the ball was in humanity's court if we didn't want to see something like him appear again, it seemed I was warning about the impossible happening.
Nothing is impossible in God's world.
This does not mean that societies have abandoned nihilism, but the false god of politics is an abeyance because the slower pace of society wrought by a virus is giving many millions of people time to reflect, to distinguish the important from the unimportant. Or I should say the Chinese government's response to a virus, which other governments have copied to one extent or another while many millions of citizens have cooperated in making an unprecedented defense plan work.
The road is still strewn with the gravest dangers but a virus has given the human race a fighting chance to survive what's ahead. It doesn't get more poetic.