No distraction from us today. For eligible US voters, please vote, as the future of the country and the world, the value of science, the value of expertise, and so much more are all on the ballot.
And once you’ve finished voting (or if you’ve already voted early), be sure to cut yourself some slack for the evening (and possibly the coming weeks) as the votes are tallied. The pandemic has already raised all of our stress levels considerably. Self-care is more important than ever. You should not feel obligated to obsessively check Twitter or Facebook, no matter how compellingly addictive they’ve made their algorithms and features, nor do you need to listen to the talking heads of cable news repeat the same talking points over and over again. Stay as informed as you’re comfortable doing, but feel no shame in taking a mental health break.
No extra points are awarded for knowing something first. Take a walk, read a good book, watch a good movie, listen to something that moves you. The news will still be there when you’re ready to check back in.
We’ll return with regular posts tomorrow, assuming the country hasn’t turned into a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic wasteland. See you on the other side.