Everyone is painfully familiar with economist JM Keynes’s rip on sanguine sorts who opine that in the long run we’ll all be okay. After all, as he famously said, in the long run we’re all dead. Most people, however, don’t know what comes next in the quote, and it’s arguably as good:
In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if, in tempestuous seasons, they can only tell us that when the storm is long past the ocean is flat again.