From the Article: "'There is nothing new under the sun,' says Ecclesiastes. (1:9) But are we meant to understand by this that roughly 2,980 years ago a king was having one of those desultory, downer days that come along from time to time, or are we supposed to take at face value the truth that 'really' nothing genuinely new ever happens beyond the conceit of contemporaneity imagining that it does? An answer is not immediately forthcoming just now, for we are living amid a peculiarly confusing on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand moment. On the one hand, the sudden realities of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] seem utterly strange and unprecedented. On the other, those who know some history possess a perspective suggesting otherwise."
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