This will not last forever. On the other side of it the sky will be bluer, the air will be cleaner, the water will be clearer; we will feel such joy just to feel the breeze on our skin and the sun on our faces. We will grieve what and who has been lost, but we will have been transformed in ways that are ultimately positive. We will have lost a certain innocence and gained a new maturity. We will be humbled and grateful in ways we might never have imagined. And we will be ready at last to set the world straight, for we will have learned so painfully what it is like when it is not.