In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many ugly truths about our government, school systems, employment system, neighbors, friends, and family have been exposed.
Unfortunately, for many, what has been revealed is an ugliness that I fear will take time to recover from.
I have found myself in shock at the lack of empathy so proudly voiced by others, and how so many are 100% okay with treating a segment of society as disposable.
Let’s put aside who or who not will be affected. Let’s forget their ages, or how long they have lived or what they have had a chance to accomplish in their lives. None of that matters.
The elderly are still someone’s mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. They mean something to someone. Their lives matter just as much as the next person regardless of whether or not they have had the opportunity to enjoy 60+ years on this earth.
Why are we as a society so quick to treat them as if it’s okay to let them die because they will eventually? We all will die at some point, that doesn’t mean we want to rush the process.
Realizing just how selfish people are at not wanting to uproot their lives just goes to show that no matter what the “entitlement” is not just relegated to Millennials or Gen Z, or even the poor as previous generations or certain classes would like us to believe, it spans them all.
From former pageant queens bragging about dining at Red Robin because no one can tell her what to do, or the Governor of Oklahoma setting an example of how many people just refuse to practice social distancing, I fear at this point we are too far gone as a country to believe that the Golden Rule is something that we all hold dear to us.
While there are many of us out there who truly love our neighbor, there are many more who by just dismissing the severity of this, are okay with potentially bringing death their neighbors without giving it a second thought.
Was the last paragraph dramatic? Of course, it was. I meant for it to be.
If it made you uncomfortable, then you may be one of those neighbors I am referring to.
Are flights and cruises hella cheap right now? Yes, they are. But taking a $50 flight to Peru and potentially exposing others along the way, as well as in that country is just selfish. It’s okay to sit home. It’s okay to say I am going to do this for the greater good.
Even if you never realize that you personally spread the virus to someone, that does not mean that another family will not end up having to bury their loved one. Do not be so dismissive of the entire situation thinking that your actions do not have the potential to affect countless others. Because it will.
To my friends who are scared for their families, ((hugs)). I understand. I am scared for mine as well.
To the families who are scared of losing their paycheck during this period and are not sure how they are going to make it. I am here and I will fight with you. I have been emailing my Senator (albeit it’s Lindsey Graham, but it’s worth a shot), and I will continue to fight to make sure you get what you need.
To the teachers who worry for their students who are now home in environments that are not safe, my heart breaks. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.
I know there is not much I can do. If I could comfort the entire world I would. If I could sway those who let’s be honest do not give a damn about others, I would scream until I am blue in the face to do so.
For all that I can do in my community, I will. I am asking that everyone else does the same.