The Parade Tape Parable

Discovering our innate human aversion to obstacles, and reflections on coping with “stay at home” orders

A colleague on a conference call during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders shared her perspective: “I’m basically working from home all the time anyway, but now I haven’t been past my driveway in a week. It’s getting to me.”

Her story, and many others like it, have called up memories of a lesson I learned while working at my first job — as performer in the entertainment department at…