Thanks to establishment and social media, the world knows the Northeast Corridor of the United States has shut down. That means that right this minute, as 2 to 4 inches of snow fall per hour, memes are being created. Those provide plenty of new material for thought leaders.
One theme will be the cooperation among government, employers (who are asked to not be cheap and dismiss workers early), and even Uber (which entered into an agreement about a cap on surge pricing). Yes, thought leaders will hammer, we raw individualists can transcend self-interest.
Another takeaway will be a reminder that the best laid plans of men and mice ... That has an almost infinite number of combinations and permutations. For example, the snow catalyzed some authentic gratitude. Instead of complaining about the ordeal of getting home, they praised Spirit that they did have a home to go to. The odds are that some homeless people will die during the BigBlizzard.
A third is that having fun is a lot like riding a bicycle. We really don't forget. Throughout the Northeast Corridor The Gravitas Crowd, who probably thought they would never be playful again, found fun almost from the get-go. Unfortunately, should tomorrow be not so bad of a commute they may have to drag their hung-over selves back to the cubicle.
Reflection: Those planning to run for U.S. President in 2015 likely are composing op-eds and bits to insert into speeches about what they learned on January 26, 2015.