Patterns work for us. From cosmic explosion to matter clumping together to stars and planets to night and day to the routines that sustain us, our existence is enabled by a richly interwoven set of patterns.
Pattern disruption can work for us too.
Without an asteroid to finish off the dinosaurs, almost certainly humankind would not have come into existence.
That’s pattern interruption on such a massive scale it set new life forms into motion. New patterns emerged on our planet as dominant patterns were disrupted.
Michel de Montaigne refined the essay — a new written-word form he invented — during a plague. As life was interrupted, he dove more deeply into what mattered to him most.
Miguel de Cervantes had the idea for Don Quixote — the first modern novel — while in debtors prison, a life interrupter if there ever was one.
More millionaires came out of the Great Depression than any previous time in America.
Coronavirus is the great pattern interrupter of our era.