However, I wonder why a brush with death is apparently necessary in order for us to decide to live our lives better. All the “life epiphanies” etc. that one reads about are after a near death experienced oneself or the death of a close person. I think that is wrong; as rational human beings, reading a line such as Coelho’s line above or somebody else’s “epiphany” moment should be enough for each one of us to lead our lives better. Nobody does that.
What is our response to COVID19? Most of us can’t wait to get back to our wasteful, vampiric, consuming, commuting, over-working, unloving, shopping, exploitative and exploited lives, otherwise known as normal.