Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #32
April 17, 2020
Think of a bicycle.
The bike is fine at speed. It remains upright and directionally easy to turn, to slow, to speed up and more. But, if the bike slows way down, the stability brought about by the spinning gyroscopic effect of its wheels begins to lessen, and then goes away. The bike stops and, without almost any time at all passing or any fanfare, the bike slowly falls over. We have all experienced this effect.
Think of the great American economy in the same fashion. The economy can go blindingly fast and then the only thing that has to be done is to steer it away from potential obstacles and keep it on course. The economy can slow, something normally referred to as a recession, or even a depression, and the effect is a much more sluggish reaction by the machine to any input and a loss of stability. The combined leadership of America has gotten together to experiment and see if the economy really does react like a bike.
America is stopping and much of it is already stopped. There are colleges and universities indicating that they will never re-open (what a devastating blow to the existing and even graduated students), just as there are restaurants and businesses across the vast spectrum of the economy that are making the same decision. Small business, really small business, and not the SBA crappy definition of small that sucked the 350 billion up like it was never there (500 or fewer employees or 25 million or less in revenue), but the true Mom and Pop stores that dot small and large population centers alike and have a lot to do with the ambiance and the very depth of the American experience, are going away.
They are being killed by a virus that will never touch them, never even pass close by. The virus has become the leprosy of the modern era. Untreatable. Uncurable and soon to be untouchable. Testing is not about making people feel better about not having the virus. It’s about finding out who has it in order to begin the leprosy-like isolation. Meanwhile, the truly killing results of the nightmare reaction to this new untouchable disease mount day by day. In a month, or so, voices will finally begin to be heard, and they will be crying in the distance: “What have we done?”
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James, first of all thank you for putting thirty days in september into writing. I am the son of a vietnam vet who never really spoke about his experiences their and also had a stepfather who served as well. Dad worked as a welder at lz baldy and step dad was in the field, not sure where, both marines. Both have now passed on. Your writings give me some understanding as to the way their minds must have been affected, especially my stepfather. Dad was greatful to return, stepdad lived with shame his whole life for not dying there like most of his unit, he was saved by medivac and injury that put him in corpus cristy navel hospital for 13 months. Stepdad spoke of feeling like he could never be forgiven and mentioned some things like the first person he killed and the details of that experience he remembered as well as some other psychological issues. I did not serve myself. I think you give a vivid picture to the uncomfortable reality of what it was really like there and it helps me understand both of them better.
As to the current issues…my Lord what a mess. One of the few things we are all guaranteed to experience in this life is death. The terror of that inevitable outcome is being used by the msm and many others to do things I would never imagine in this country. Speak of the false dichotomy of choosing health vs economy and you are rebuked as money hungry. It is the opposite. We must have an economy to provide for life, they depend on each other. Im in Texas, our governor is working towars trying to get people back to work and you should have heard the questions being asked by the press… they were more worried about abortion clinics being open than people being able to go to the heart doctor, feed their children, etc.I understand people being scared, but the numbers that were being used to justify this insantiy have fallen apart. Like trump or not he is right that this is not long term sustainable and we have to go back to work, now! Every day we wait is too long. Some of these nutjob govenors wont even let people buy garden plants for food. The models were wrong, and the media acts like there wont be any consequences like you rightly are concerned about. We need a free press but not one that is trying to kill us. Yes, I agree there is a dark hand at work here, I believe it is the work of satan. The terror of death is being used to bring the very real threat of death. While my ultimate hope rests in the finished work of Christ that doesnt mean that I am giving up on this world or the people in it. I have contacted both my senators, my governors office, and the white house expressing my belief that the only way past this is doing what we can to protect the vulnerable while the rest like me work to take care of them and help them. While I doubt our success the only other option is to give up and that is unacceptable. Im 34 years old, wife, 2 kids, blessed to still be working for now. May God bless you, I pray daily for our leaders and our nation. Remember John 16:33.
I wish this awful situation could be assigned to such an ephemeral character we have all been taught to know as Satan.
No. I don’t believe that, although Satan certainly must be smiling in all his glory over it.
This is the work of man and to ignore that is subject to more of this crap from the work of men.
Evil men. Selfish men. Hurtful men.
We’ve all seen and read and studied them through the ages.
We have to decide that we are going to do something about it and soon that choice will be the only choice
or live in frightened terror and the misery or death of our loved ones, as the old Dark Ages provided to those people so long ago.
The royalty, wealthy and knights of old were nothing like portrayed.
The killed willy nilly to live those plush lives in the castles.
The portrayal of them is like the
Pirates of the Caribbean being somehow related to the reality of horrid, torturing and killing pirates.
This is evil and eventually, we either fight or die or become the walking dead…
James, you have nailed this thing from your earliest posts. Sad to see, ever since 9/11, we’ve giving up rights. Thanks for spelling it out so well.
Some things may be necessary…, Mike
But are we sure those doing the policy mandates are qualified or have the best interest of the Citizenry?
Thank you for your input.
I continue to support your thinking of the possibilities awaiting residents of our country. I do hope both of us are wrong but time will tell, we might have passed the point of return.
Please continue your missives.