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Rowan’s op-ed on why the past matters as we face a difficult future

Rowan’s article highlights the need to look and learn from the past to understand how we can prepare best for this difficult and uncertain future.

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Coronavirus: Why the past matters as we struggle to face a difficult future

“As we try to make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s been interesting seeing people turn to stories. The 2011 film Contagion jumped to the top 10 on Netflix. Publishers report a boost in sales of classic novels such as Albert Camus’ The Plague. New Zealand media have been running frequent pieces on Black November in 1918, and the last polio epidemic.

As well as suggesting that many people now have a lot more time on their hands, the new interest in the pandemic genre also reflects how we look to stories to help us make sense of ourselves. It’s a quiet recognition that the past has something to tell us.”

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