Security researcher Bruce Schneier on COVID-19 and Acedia:

"What unsettles us is not only fear of change. It’s that, if we can no longer trust in the future, many things become irrelevant, retrospectively pointless. And by that we mean from the perspective of a future whose basic shape we can no longer take for granted. This fundamentally disrupts how we weigh the value of what we are doing right now."

schneier.com/blog/archives/202

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"It becomes especially hard under these conditions to hold on to the value in activities that, by their very nature, are future-directed, such as education or institution-building."

"...what’s disrupted is the structure of care that sustains why we go on doing things together, and this can only be repaired through renewed solidarity."

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