From Ukraine and North Korea to Covid-19 and climate change, global crises leave us feeling helpless

Published Feb 17 2022 at 2:30 PM GMT
  • “May you live in interesting times” is an English translation of a Chinese “curse” believed to have been said by statesmen Joseph Chamberlain, the father of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain who, in the 1930s, negotiated the Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler.
  • Fast forward a century, and the expression still has currency.
  • While seemingly a blessing, it is often used ironically; life is actually better in “uninteresting times” of peace and prosperity than in “interesting” ones of trouble….



  • Published Feb 17, 2022 2:30 PM GMT