We cannot perpetually stay at home during the rainy season; that is why we have umbrellas and wet-weather gear. We adapt by protecting ourselves from our environment. Neither can we perpetually put off life and living for a more opportune time during the pandemic, nor shelve questions of eternity that require us to venture “outside.”
In his sermon, Learning in War-Time, C.S Lewis stated, “The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice.” In our present context, we can justifiably replace “war” with “pandemic” to echo Lewis’s wisdom, to pursue what is essential despite difficulties. Yet, we do this with the caution that circumstances demand.