We the People

How do we cope with COVID-19?

In light of the COVID-19, I’ve been pondering this: whether our existence as a species was given by the hand of a Creator or by the union of cells that crawled out of the primordial ooze, we are humans. Only ten percent of all the mammals that have ever inhabited this planet remains alive, and we the people are members of that collective. Separated in appearance by the twist of our DNA.

Historically we have chosen to separate ourselves by gender, age, color, religious beliefs, sexual preference, financial status, intellect, and the list goes on. How shall these prejudices serve our struggle to survive an illness that knows no difference between male or female, old or young, black, white, yellow, or red, gay or straight, millionaire or pauper, smart or limited? Will establishing its origin eliminate its existence, if it is not a direction toward a cure? Which might be a more effective path of resistance, fear, and panic, or caution and rational behavior? Every television network has its unique slant on presenting the fact, yet the end message is the same . . . caution. COVID-19 is a serious and potentially lethal virus.

A time for politicking?

Is this a time for political jousting? A piece from the song, “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” speaks to the needs of we the people;

“…and I wonder when we are ever gonna change it living under the fear ’til nothing else remains, we don’t need another hero . . .”

It is my offering of thought, that we the people will not find resolve in separatism, but in our unity. The old saying, “there are no atheists in the trenches,” finding its origin in World War 1, the quote was not so much about faith as it was about unity against a common enemy. And, a more poignant thought; be it not atheist or Christian, does death differentiate between political parties?

The question I asked myself as I wandered through my thoughts is; am I current with the people I know and call friend[s] and those I love? Also, am I a part of the unity and solution?

W. C. Fields was a devout atheist, yet when found to be reading the bible on his death bed a friend questioned him, “W. C., I thought you were an atheist?” It is said he responded, “I am, my boy, just looking for a loophole.”

Peace to all.

Jeffrey D. Cole, MS, MSFT, LCAC

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