One thing I promised myself years ago was that I would never bring politics into my blogs. I didn’t and still don’t want to get into the arguments that would happen. So I am going to do my best to leave my political views out of this post. I want to talk about the state of the world at the moment. The monumental challenge we are facing as we fight Covid-19.
Regardless of what your views are on wearing masks, social distancing, etc we all can admit there is a crisis. So what are we to do? Is there anything we can do? The one thing that keeps coming to mind for me is the quote;
“Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”George Santayana
This is not the first pandemic we as a country has seen. Nor is it the first economic crisis and the truth is neither of those will be the last. What this is, in my opinion, is the chance to take the things we learned from the previous events and apply the things that worked and improve on the things that didn’t. History tells us that we can overcome this.
The world has overcame so of the most unimaginable things. We will overcome so many more unimaginable things in the future. I find it ironic that those of our past could come together and overcome a pandemic yet for all our advances and supposed intelligence we can’t. Maybe it is more that we won’t. We have learned so much since the last pandemic and even more from those that came before. Maybe we have just gotten used to a quick and easy fix that we can’t see beyond that.
I would love to say this will pass and soon. The truth is we have no idea when it will pass nor how much damage it will do before it passes. We do know that it will pass at some point. Lord willing we will learn something to help make the next time a little easier. Maybe cut the time of it all in half. That is truly all we can hope for at this moment.
Well, that and to take care of ourselves. Not just our physical health which is important but also our mental health. My fear is that this pandemic will leave mental scars for several generations. That our children are going to grow up in a world of fear rather than one of hope.