We are witnessing one of the greatest tragedies unfolding before our eyes, on our watch as they say. I can hardly imagine how the generations of the future will judge us. Without an ounce of political blame, I can say that WE ALL should do better! I completely reject the notion that taking personal responsibilities for the heath of others is somehow a political act or statement. The fact that some have actively worked to use this as one more opportunity to sow seeds of division, and turn this into a political issue is sad. The human suffering alone should be sobering enough to bring more people together to address the singular cause of the mess we are in. In recent decades alone, Americans have been able to largely set aside political bickering when faced with tragic events such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing (both of which were minuscule in terms of loss of life compared to what we’ve already suffered with Covid 19).
It would be impossible to imagine any decisions or policies that everyone would agree on, but it does not seem like too much to expect us to be able to grasp that the pandemic itself is THE singular problem that we all share. Whether I agree or disagree with various sate and federal measures to contain viral spread, I fully recognize that the need for bold action is (was!) urgent. I have plenty of frustrations about things that were, and were not done, but they seem comparatively petty in the grand scheme of things. My heart goes out to the many, many people whose loved ones died alone, to those who were not able to be there to say goodbye. I honestly cannot imagine their pain, something I sincerely hope that no one here will need to experience. Sorry for the rant, but I feel that it needs to be said. So many of the stories and discussions about this pandemic get ensnared in the politics, and the polarity of our community, when the real tragic story seems to be getting less and less attention; despite the fact that “the numbers” (human beings) have continued to grow and grow.