I suppose it's not surprising that in times of stress and crisis, great works are produced. I have myself thought that in Western Europe and North America we have become like giant kids, seeking the next cheap thrill, without thinking about the consequences and certainly without wanting to put in a hard day's work in order to earn what we have (with some notable exceptions). And what we have, for the most part, comes on the back of imposing poverty and misery upon large swathes of the world's people. A dynamic that cannot be sustained, as nature likes balance. So here comes our 'comeuppance'.