We care for friends and family because we love them. But is the reverse also true -- do we love them because we care for them? "Disasters have a way of illuminating our human capacity for care and connection, but a pandemic is a cruel messenger: It reminds us of our essential interdependence while amplifying the isolation of our modern lives," writes Mandy Len Catron in The Atlantic. Across months of pandemic, in different cities around the globe, the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus has jolted people to rediscover creative ways to support one another. While the nuclear family is an established structure of support, there are remarkable ways people are extending their boundaries of care to strangers and members of a wider community. "As we move forward," Catron writes, "we can continue to think about care as belonging primarily to the realm of the nuclear family, or we can think of it as a tool for spreading far and wide the kind of love and connection that has always bound our species together."

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