Posts Tagged ‘#pandemic’

Lots of Humans, Not Enough Souls

May 28, 2020

If some days you feel like the world is spiraling out of control, perhaps it’s because it really is.

This pandemic has been exhausting. Not only because we are stuck inside, away from friends and loved ones, away from our jobs, and away from the everyday activities we once took for granted. It’s not only because we fear becoming sick, or we worry about our livelihoods and financial future. It is often because this pandemic has brought out the worst in our fellow humans.

Some of us try. I know I do and I have experienced some outpouring of great kindness during this time. But it’s not the norm.

I wear my mask diligently, like a coat of armor, every time I open the door and set foot outside. The generous donations of some very kind people have allowed me to provide meals for our front line healthcare workers. I put a teddy bear in the window, to participate in the neighborhood game of “Bear watch” for the local children. I ran 2.24 miles to honor Ahmaud Arbury, who was chased down and murdered in a racist attack while exercising. But the atrocities just keep coming.

I react with horror as we are asked to text FLOYD to help fight for justice for another black man brutally murdered by the police. I am ashamed, as I watch Amy Cooper call the police to report being harassed by an “African American man who was threatening her”( a Harvard grad and avid bird watcher) who politely asked her to leash her dog in Central Park. I feel defeated looking at photos of people crammed into bars and beaches and swimming pools putting their immediate gratification ahead of reality, knowing that although they think they are invincible, they are not. I feel angry seeing people walking down the street with their masks around their necks like a scarf, instead of on their faces protecting themselves and others in the process. I am enraged at the armed protesters, demanding their rights to go and do whatever they want, without any regard to the ramifications it can have on others. I shake my head when I read of the death toll at a church that broke protocol to hold services against the guidance of experts. I can’t even begin to address the tightness in my chest as our President tweets away, taunting and threatening others like a schoolyard bully and the loathing I feel for anyone putting politics and party ahead of right and wrong. ¬†It’s maddening, depressing, and downright exhausting to live in this world right now.

We truly have hit an all-time low in this country, and I fear we are still sinking. When we go high, they seem to just go lower. Where this tragedy could have brought people together, it appears to be creating a greater divide. We are a nation of humans, but we have ceased to be a society of souls.

 

Global Time Out

March 20, 2020

Someone once said, “Everything happens for a reason.” I’m not sure who it was, or what prompted them to say it, but I suppose on some level, it’s true. If that is the case, it begs the question: Why are we going through the global hell that is the Coronavirus outbreak?

For the last few years, we have been a country divided. Politics have taken over our lives, and that divisiveness and hatred have spread across the planet. Either we loathe and distrust the President, or we see him as the next Messiah. We either eschew science and facts or cling tightly to them, frustrated that nothing is being done to affect the change we deem necessary.

Privilege is often defined by race, wealth or gender. Discrimination can be blatant or more obtuse, but it has become a big part of our society. We live in a world where it is acceptable to exclude, belittle and disrespect those who are different from us, hidden under the guise of something else.

Then in walks Corona. Some refer to it as the China Virus, since that is the source of origin, yet it has spread the world like a wildfire, bringing with it sickness, economic decline, and terror. It doesn’t recognize borders, race, religion, or gender. It doesn’t care about wealth, poverty, good or bad, smart or challenged. It certainly doesn’t give a damn if you are a Republican or a Democrat, a Socialist, or a Communist. It is not China’s virus. It belongs to all of us, and it is deadly.

It’s forcing us to re-evaluate how we live, how we travel and how we treat one another. Soon, all the deniers who refuse to take it seriously will become believers, as it takes its toll on our communities and our loved ones. Soon, we will be so frightened, and so cooped up, that we are forced to look to our fellow humans for support. Soon we won’t care about where it came from, as we stay focused on where it is going. We won’t care about finger-pointing, or bad-mouthing others, as we struggle to stay healthy and financially solvent. It’s not a ripple or a wave, it is a tsunami, and is ripping through our lives, leaving devastation in its wake.

It could be the illness itself that causes you the most suffering, or it could be the loss of income that can never be recouped. If you are lucky, it could simply be the inconvenience it places on your charmed lives that hits you the hardest, as restrictions to keep us safe and homebound are inforced. But mark my words, in some way, shape or form, it will affect us all.

This nasty virus has put us all in a big global time out. Please use this time of isolation to look inward, and to search your soul for ways you can be a better person. Please use this time to shake off the hatred you may have for others, and the rage you feel about all the things gone wrong, and look for what you can do to make things right. Assess your health, and your relationships, and how you can make them better. If we can emerge from this pandemic stronger, healthier and more compassionate, perhaps we will be able to find reason in the unfathomable situation it is presenting us with.

photo: Glasshouse Images

 


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