In mid-March, 33-year-old Daniel Thorson checked himself into a silent Buddhist meditation retreat in a remote part of Vermont. On May 23, two-and-a-half months later, he left the retreat and tweeted, “Did I miss anything?”
After leaving the retreat, he stopped at a market, and that’s when he realized things were amiss. “I would turn a corner in the grocery store, and someone would be there, and they would recoil,” he said. “…At first, I was, like, ‘Whoa, what did I do?’”
From The New York Times:
It stunned him to discover that the many and various topics that interested him — global warming, electoral politics, the health care system — had been subsumed by a single topic of conversation, the coronavirus. That feeling of confusion deepened when, during his first week back, American cities erupted in protests over the death of George Floyd.
“While I was on retreat, there was a collective traumatic emotional experience that I was not a part of,” he said, on the second day. “To what degree do I have to piece it back together?”
…He had looked forward to plunging back into his online world, a setting he had always found “nourishing.”
But when he reviewed two and a half months of posts from people he admires, he found, to his shock, that they were only talking about one thing. “Everything else is gone,” he said. “There’s nothing about the election! It’s amazing! The Australian wildfires, what happened there? Didn’t Brexit happen?”
His story is like the real-life version of Julie Nolke’s Explaining the Pandemic to My Past Self videos.
I’m back from 75 days in silence. Did I miss anything?
— Daniel Thorson (@dthorson) May 23, 2020
People at the grocery store seem more anxious than I remember.
— Daniel Thorson (@dthorson) May 25, 2020
Image: CCO Public Domain/pxhere
Arizona is one of the 29 US states and territories surging with coronavirus cases, and Covid-related hospitalizations are at an all time high this week. And today Arizona has reported 79 deaths, according to the global Covid tracker World-O-Meter, and it’s still morning for them. Of course this dire information didn’t stop Trump from squishing […]
Brexit As COVID-19 surges, Apple re-closes 11 stores temporarily in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina
Apple will temporarily close a number of retail stores again in the U.S., as the coronavirus outbreak re-emerges as a significant threat in new areas of the country, reports Bloomberg News.
Note-taking is more than just cribbing information so it’s easier to study for a test later. Notes are taken by active learners engaging with the information. In fact, the act of taking notes is actually internalizing that information with the learner. Students who take notes are actually seven times more likely to remember those facts […]
Brexit This speed reading and memory training bundle will help you hotwire your brain for max efficiency
Back in March, when we were all being asked to stay in our homes for God knows how long, you probably thought about a whole host of tasks you’d love to accomplish with all this new-found downtime in your house. Like many, maybe you thought this would be a good opportunity to plow through that […]
In the new work from home world, you may still find yourself missing some of the amenities of your old digs back at the office. Back at your work desk, you likely had a system in place, with options and equipment for keeping all your tech up and running. On the company’s dime, it was […]
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe