I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of psychological stress and how it relates to our response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“The virus isn’t plotting against us. It doesn’t have intelligence. It’s invisible. In order to unite, we have to recognize our shared humanity.” — Paul Conti
“One of the things that hobbies do . . . and a little bit of order and structure in our lives do, is they kind of just protect us from just reacting and reacting and reacting all the time.” — Ryan Holiday
“This has been a period of time unlike any other in our lifetimes. . . there’s really no analogy.” — Sam Harris
“You can be a healthy, functioning human being, or you can be the best in the world at something, but you can’t be both.” — Sasha Cohen
“The [stress response] system has been serving vertebrates, doing a lot of help for them for an awful long time, and it’s only been a very recent modification to instead secrete [cortisol] in response to thinking about taxes.” —Robert Sapolsky