COVID-19 exposes the fragility of our belief-systems

I’ve been reading Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year. It’s a fictionalized account of an un-named narrator in the 1665 plague in London, who struggles not just with the health crisis, but with a crisis in meaning.

He’s a devout Christian, trying to discern the Will of God. Does God want him to stay in London or flee to the countryside? He’s also a citizen in early…