Saturday, April 4, 2020


The physical separation forced on us by the covid-19 pandemic may impress on us the special quality of human presence. Virtual worship is real worship, yet not the same as shoulder-to-shoulder worship in the same room. Virtual shopping works all right, but is not the same as interacting with flesh and blood store people and examining and touching goods we might purchase.

The present regimen of “stay home” and everywhere “keep a social distance” may teach us the very real value of being among other people, and NOT keeping our distance from the people we love most. If we learn these things, the satisfaction derived from human relationships will be greater than it was before covid-19.

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