“Being extremely vulnerable to the pressure to feel productive, I forced myself to follow my friends and “make the most of” my quarantine. Without a reason to be busy, I was left alone to ruminate repeatedly over self-destructive thoughts. It was not fun.”
You should know that my professor, during the last class he would ever teach, asked whether we should sacrifice the lives of the elderly, people like him, so that we can survive. “Yes, I think you should” was his answer And after we said thank you and clapped, and left the meeting one by one, tears swelled up his eyes.
“This has been a time of deep self reflection and […] has made the Buddhist teaching of impermanence immediate and ever present. The dharma has allowed me to be open to what is the evolving and ever fluid circumstance. The recent protests over the George Floyd murder are just another aspect of this truth…”