Lex Solo #1 – Seven Levels of Coronavirus Impact

The coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy, but it is also a moment that unites us, that reveals the strength of our community, the human capacity to be compassionate to each other and to work hard in the face of danger. In this episode I describe what, to me, might be 7 levels of attack on our society and how we can fight back. For each level, I describe our pain, our challenge, and our hope for a positive future on the other side.

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Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAYTogd38m4
Slides: https://bit.ly/2JdLQIs
References: https://bit.ly/coronavirus-levels

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Here’s the outline of the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.

00:00 – Introduction
02:49 – Overview
05:46 – Level 1: Biological (Life & Death)
10:08 – Level 2: Psychological
12:30 – Level 3: Social (Collective Cognition)
15:52 – Level 4: Economic
19:39 – Level 5: Political
24:42 – Level 6: Existential
28:25 – Level 7: Philosophical