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From the beginning of time, surely, older people have said, “The world has gone soft. Men and women aren’t what they used to be. They have lost their mettle. Everyone is spoiled. Decline has set in. That’s all she wrote.” No doubt they were saying this in 623 B.C. No doubt they will be saying it in 3623 A.D., if we’re still around (we the human race).

Am I a fogey? Well, I’m still using “B.C.” and “A.D.” (instead of “B.C.E.” and “C.E.”). There’s proof positive. Moreover, I’m using the periods: “B.C.E.,” not “BCE.” That’s double fogeyism.

I’m going to give you some more: a grumpy-old-man act; an equivalent of “Get off my lawn.”

In recent days, I have been thinking about pandemics — the pandemic now lifting, and pandemics of the past. Plague is nothing new — nothing new to mankind. It is new only to the living (and dying). Nicholas Christakis, the social scientist and physician, was making this point to me in a recent podcast.

I was thinking, What if generations past — generations who have known plague — could see us now and talk with us? What would they think?

Many of us were reluctant to wear masks — as a simple precaution against a plague. We said that it oppressed us. We said that it violated our rights.

Then there is Zoom education, and the widespread wailing about it. I’m trying to think what we would tell our forebears: “We got this thing where you can communicate with people all over the world. You look at a screen. They see you, you see them. They’re in their home, you’re in your home. During

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