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I think it’s good to have heroes, people you can look up to and admire for the virtues they epitomize. I haven’t had many, a handful of iconic thinkers from my formative years, none who really stand out now as I look back on them. My father, still living, towers above the rest, a man of endless decency, generosity, and integrity: if I had to name a hero it would be him. And if I felt compelled to ask advice, it’s his I’d seek for anything within the scope of his formidable common sense and practical wisdom.
But today we find ourselves faced with strategic choices of historic weight, the outcomes determined by issues of epidemiology and biology that have even the experts at odds with each other. Whom do we trust, as we negotiate this treacherous ground between soaring pathology and spiraling economic collapse?
This evening, for the first time in my life, I found myself wanting the counsel of someone no longer with us. The thought popped into my head unbidden, and caught me completely by surprise: What Would Krauthammer Do?
He could have offered no sure answer, no more than anyone else can. But it would have been nice to hear his thoughts.Published in