During routine/easy times, we risk being fired, failing tests, going broke, going hungry, being homeless, getting sick, losing love, or losing a life. We don’t blink, shrink, or cry – confidently accelerating, as Churchill’s formidable quotation reminds, from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Why are we so self-assured: wisdom in our head, comfort with our predicament, or something else?
We’ve been jilted by the romance of life, jolted awake, thrown under the bus of hope, and diminished to ‘the public’ our masters finagle. Meanwhile, scholars who know just how long it takes to find, test, and develop vaccines, manufacture, distribute, and inoculate everyone, warn us, it’s ‘early days.’
There was a punch line, an old joke I remember growing up, when some kid in the cartoon asked, “What did you do in the war daddy?” We may not make progress every day, but there is no defensible way to explain doing nothing at all. When time passes and this COVID-epoch passes, what will our answers be? The scientists, doctors, front-line workers, and first-responders will have a good story, but what story will the rest of us tell?
Will it be “held my hand out for government money,” “waited for it to pass,” “followed the rules,” or “helped people”?
Could it be, “I tried something – anything – that might have made something better.”
Impatient, we are. Restless, wanting to safeguard personal situation, prevail in careers, and salvage downward spiraling businesses. We cannot overthrow or reinvent governments – there simply isn’t time. And those are futile battles. We must reach down to where we reach, grab gonads firmly, and pull-up from this downward spiral.
How are you? Hi Mark I hope all is well with you. I am doing fine so far but the days are sure long with very few places you can go. Here is a link to an interview given by Dr. Erickson. He seems very credible. COVID19: “Millions of cases, small amount of death.” Dr. Erickson, California. A link to the end of the interview. I haven't checked the numbers they give but they seem to know what they are talking about. Best regards, MM, Calgary, AB
Mark, I watched this Michael Moore video last night and it is well worth the time. Very informative and powerful. Trust you are staying well. We all wonder what the future will look like!!, GB, Calgary, AB