We Weren’t Ready; Have we ever been ready? – A thought prompted by Fareed Zakaria, Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic WorldLenin is supposed to have once said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and then there are weeks when decades happen.” 
Ever since 1990, sudden, massive seizures have gripped the world—about one every ten years—with cascading effects. We will have more.
Fareed Zakaria: Ten Lessons for a Post-pandemic World

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We weren’t ready.
We should have been ready.
We weren’t ready
We were warned to get ready.
We weren’t ready.

I wasn’t ready.
My guess is that you were not ready.

Of course I am speaking of the Great Pandemic of 2020.

But the pandemic is only the “one” for now.

Have we ever been ready?

Before, it was…
A missile crisis
A financial crisis, prompted by a sub-prime mortgage catastrophe
Terrorist-related crises
Other health crises
And now, this crisis.

Here’s the lesson.  We will face a big whopping crisis every few years.  About every ten years, to be slightly more precise.

And each time, another one of our deficiencies and vulnerabilities will be exposed.
We will learn, yet again, that we weren’t ready.

We need to get better at getting ready.
It’s time to get better at getting ready.

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I will present my synopsis of the excellent book Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at the First Friday Book Synopsis.
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