Why retreating is the best strategy for coping

Girish Mhatre
5 min readMar 31, 2020

We were already going mad and then the pestilence arrived.

A double whammy; a promise of upending life as we know it.

How do we survive (what surely seems like) thermonuclear war?

Lao Tsu is very precise on this: retreat is the only strategy. Consider this stanza from the Tao Te Ching: