Sci-fi visions of a
- nuclear apocalypse
- climate apocalypse
- ai and robotic warlords
- the rise of a fascist leader, and
- the end of truth and trust
are so massive and abstract that they do not alarm us or cause any sense of urgency in the microsphere our daily lives.
The coronavirus pandemic should be a lesson learned that these
- existential threats can sneak up and strike us in a most sudden, destructive and real way, and
- Existential threats must be faced together in a united global effort, not by the failed notion of unilaterally Making America Great Again.