In a time of crisis like this (2019-nCoV), HOPE plays a big role to keep us going. BUT to put things in perspective we should avoid group-thinking and welcome critical thinking once in a while. Unbiased skepticism can make us think out of the box. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop being POSITIVE. Rather by doing so, you may come close to TRUTH and certainly closer to the REALITY on the ground.
“If China is downplaying the severity of the virus, we might look less to what it is saying than to what it is doing. Let’s put those quarantined cities in perspective. Part of the reason I’m sensitive to this issue is that I’ve lived in China, in which case what happens there is not an abstraction, but something I can easily imagine.”