Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.

English Proverb

Given the chilling effectiveness of the COVID-19 virus to hunt down and sicken or kill human beings, we are all a bit skittish. Hell, forget skittish, the fact is we’re all scared. It is not just this killer virus that frightens us. The uncertainty is equally menacing and foreboding. 

We keep asking ourselves and others, “When will this end?” So far, our best and supposedly most brilliant minds are stumped. Every day, we are deluged with theories and so-called potential cures, as we sit in quarantined homes and apartments. Still, the body counts keep ticking up. Anxiety is rampant. Political rhetoric is more divisive than unifying. Finger-pointing has replaced collaboration. Suffice it to say there is enough blame to go around when it comes to the delay in government response to this killer. It is sort of like watching a thief rob your neighbor’s home and your response being, “Too bad for them.”

Because of the nature of the world today, our global neighbors are much closer than we imagine. Distance is no longer the protective barrier it once was before jet planes reduced it. One week a person is on the ground in some foreign land doing business and the next week back at home in the U.S. Upon return to our home country, we bring back not only pictures of exotic landmarks but also whatever germs are resident to that country. Today’s world is one big petri dish full of nasty microorganisms. Money, goods and germs move swiftly across the world. The pandemic is here, like it or not. So, what can be done as we watch our relatives, friends and fellow countrymen die and suffer?

Well first, de-politicize this scourge. At this point, trying to pin the blame on some country or some other political party is a waste of time, energy and effort that could be used to curtail or stop the carnage. Once we, as a planet, get a grip on how to slow down and eventually stop this insidious killer, we can and should get to the bottom of its origin. Secondly, quit monetizing this tragedy by treating it like a ratings sweep for the media. We the people, for sure, are watching and reading about the devastation. However, what is needed is not sensationalism but useful and applicable information. Please stop with the celebrity talking heads. The media has been helpful in keeping us abreast of whatever progress is being made, but they could do a better job of sorting through the B.S. that only drives ratings, increases fear/anxiety and further division among us. We now realize that COVID-19 was not a hoax perpetrated to gain a political advantage.

If we are to survive and arrest this killer (and we will), we must suspend our inclination to politicize everything. I truly believe Americans have both the will and skill to blunt this cursed virus. If we don’t stop our nefarious in-fighting, not only will our economy continue its downward spiral, but also our way of life will be irreparably altered for the worst. 

If there is a silver lining in all of this it is that we are being forced to slow down, reflect and re-order our priorities. We have to come to grips with the fact that while humans may have dominion over the planet, nature or a higher force has the ultimate power.

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