Crisis and Healing, Spain’s Western Sahara Reversal and More

Crisis and Healing, Spain’s Western Sahara Reversal and More
Snow and ice accumulate on a blooming cherry tree in Washington, March 12, 2022 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

“You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

It’s a testament to Samuel Beckett’s genius for making existential angst utterly comedic that, when that line is first spoken in his play, “Endgame,” audiences invariably laugh.

As an observation, it takes on added resonance today, after a two-year period in which we have all been sick, not just collectively, but also often simultaneously. The climate crisis, too, contributes an additional level of meaning, in that not only is there no cure for us for being on Earth, there is also no cure for Earth for having us on it.

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