“I made this long before the COVID-19 pandemic. I saw a feedback loop of fear feeding more fear in our culture around lots of issues, from immigration to LGBTQ+ rights to climate change. I watched fear feed fear and foster feelings like mutual mistrust, suspicion, and hopelessness while starving empathy and love. Fear during the COVID-10 pandemic has motivated everything from toilet paper hoarding to brutal hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Let’s find it in us to respond with love and empathy rather than fear as we reduce everybody’s risk by working together (apart) to prevent the virus’s spread.”