There is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them.

Hugh MacLennan

I first encountered this quote, paraphrased by singer Gord Downie in the song Courage (for Hugh MacLennan) by The Tragically Hip. It feels especially relevant in this moment.