Some years ago, I stumbled across something perhaps about the Sufi poet Rumi's irascible spiritual teacher Shams, as it was set somewhere near Turkey, Armenia, etc.
Through the rural grapevine, a small village learned a Dervish was headed their way. It was a great honor to be visited by a dervish. The townspeople spruced up their village, cooked food, put on their best clothing, and gathered at the side of the town where the dervish would arrive. After some wait, they saw someone in the distance walking their way on the cart path leading into their village. As the traveler neared, they saw a dirty, poorly-dressed old man. He walked through their midst to the well in the town center, where a donkey was tethered to a hitching post. The traveler leaned over and spoke in the donkey's ear for a while, then straightened himself up and walked out the other end of the town.
Lauren Ancel Meyers, who runs a Covid analysis project at the University of Texas, said that people might soon look back on Omicron as a turning point. “At some point, we’ll be able to draw a line — and Omicron may be that point — where we transition from what is a catastrophic global threat to something that’s a much more manageable disease,” she told The A.P.Of course, as we all should have learned by now, Covid-19 could also surprise again. Another possibility, Meyers said, is that a dangerous new variant could emerge this spring. That outcome is both unlikely and plausible, which is always a tricky combination to understand.
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