WE DON’T KNOW
Thursday, January 13, 2022
I don’t know that I don’t know what I don’t know.
That’s not a unique comment/quote – I’ve seen many variations on that idea.
But we can’t know everything, can we?
For more than two years, we’ve been emotionally overheated ping pong balls of public policy bungling in every corner of the world. Many scoff and say it’s business as usual – like recessions, Y2K, the cold war, the new cold war, international espionage, 5G, and COVID-19 as if these are interchangeable crisis-du-jour. Maybe it’s that simple; it’s perhaps a very prolonged transition progression over a long time, a matter of the metaphorical tectonic plates of life bumping into each other. Every 1,000 years is a mere moment in time for this planet, and our collective daily angst is less significant than a sand grain in the Sahara.
But how can we be calm when 57,000 reported cases of a disease are active in Alberta; that’s probably a low number when you factor in those who’ve not been tested and those who’ve used a self-test that hasn’t been reported (probably 10 X that number) to AHS. COVID is the runaway train of sorts …
Where is it going, when will it end, how many times will it mutate before it becomes as minor and trivial as the common cold.
We are realizing, collectively, the value and power of tiny invisible things like viruses, enzymes, bacteria, political backbone. While Rome burned, Nero fiddled. We are probably not burning, but when we lack confidence in our leaders, how can we know if they have an eye on the road and action sound advice.
We don’t know.