MARCH 2020 – CoVID19 Update and Perspective.
OK, I admit I’m a little unnerved by this whole coronavirus thing. My bravado (and I’ve heard this from enough people to know I’m not the only one) is a little bit better maintained I think, by voicing things like “I’m not worried about getting sick or dying – I just don’t want to get stuck somewhere traveling.” Or “I’m just worried about supply chains.” (Enough to have just spent an agonizing morning at Costco. Yes, if you were there the morning of Saturday 14 March you know exactly what I’m talking about.)
Truth is, we have a lot more to worry about than coronavirus, and I will venture that one of those things is how we as human beings behave toward one another when the pressure’s on. The unraveling of society is not an instant process; nor is it everyone else’s fault. What am I, and what are you going to do when our self-preservation instincts are challenged? I daresay we all need to think and pray a lot more about that.
Anyhow, as far as perspective goes, I’d like to share a post from Dr. David Katz of Yale this month:
As we talked about last month, there are far more prevalent and far more dangerous threats out there to us as individuals, and as a community/society and global village. Dehumanization is about at the top, so while we stock up on canned food and… TP… let’s spare no effort in “doing unto others as we would have done to ourselves.”