There is a phenomenon in the botanical world where a diseased plant uses all its strength to produce its most beautiful blossoms and shoots just before it dies. The name for this is ‘panicbloom.’ It’s the frantic uprising of an organism against its own demise, an insistence on flourishing in the face of decay. This concept is transferable to contexts outside of the natural world, too:economists have identified panic blooming on the stock, housing and commodity markets. Prices soar and bubbles form not as a symptom not of a healthy system, but a broken one. 

Date: November 6 — December 112021