Life’s a tragedy. It always surprises us, and eventually, we all die. But tragedies don’t have to lead to catastrophes. A catastrophe is a shared emergency that overwhelms our interactions and narratives. It’s designed to shift our focus and activate our emotions. It quickly becomes a version of Pressfield’s resistance, a way to avoid leaning into important projects that might not work–because it’s safer to focus on a thing over there than it is to work on something right here. Catastrophe fatigue sets in, and we end up losing interest and drifting away, until the next emergency arrives. Catastrophization ends up distracting us from the long-term systemic work we signed up to do. The best way to care is to persist in bending the culture and our systems to improve things over time.