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Do we live in a dystopia?

June 24, 2020 - 00:00
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  • Do we live in a dystopia?

Well, it’s about to be July and COVID-19 is still here. We are entering month four of coronavirus. I think it’s safe to say the “new normal” we have been saying we will have to get used to is already here. The two-step local, state and national government has us doing with social distancing crowds at sporting events (but the athletes are still playing sports as usual without social distancing, sanitizing sports balls and equipment between plays or wearing masks), masks in stores and wearing gloves (which more often than not end up doing more cross contamination than reducing the spread of germs from what I see) has been frustrating.

I have wrestled with my decision to let my kid go to athletic conditioning workouts. Wrestled with if I should wear a mask when I am at an outdoor event or in a building where social distancing is feasible.

And I’ve cringed watching cashiers handle cash - and debit cards - and make fountain drinks for customers - and touch the register keys - all with the same pair of gloves on - more times than I can count.

But, this is our “new normal” folks.

We have to find a way to coexist with coronavirus. And that will likely continue to include the above mentioned contradictions for the foreseeable future.

How do we know who is “safe” and who isn’t? Short of universal testing, I don’t see how we can know the answer to that.

Is traveling by air safe (considering how closely passengers sit on airplanes)? I dunno.

Can those who have been in fected develop antibodies? Maybe.

Is herd immunity the way to go? Possibly.

What will resuming school look like in the fall? Who knows? So many uncertainties re

So many uncertainties remain. Here are a couple of certainties I have concluded:

1. COVID-19 testing, treatment and medications have been made free of charge - for now. In my opinion, this should be a permanent thing - and expanded to get us that much closer to real universal health care.

2. This pandemic has shown us that the health of one individual really can impact our community.

Yes, we are a community. Not just within the county limits; our world is our community.

Right now, the interest of self, and common interest, should be synonymous.

Remember when we were in school, and if one kid in class didn’t stop talking then the whole class had recess taken away?

There is a fine line between continuing to live our lives and being reckless. Recklessness will surely lead to stricter rules, new shutdowns, and increased cases of illness.

There’s a line in the Pledge of Allegiance, there’s a line that says “liberty and justice for all.” The concept of liberty is not that one can do what one pleases without regard for others. Liberty is not a license for self-centeredness.

Maybe if we just do what is being asked of us to “stop the spread” of coronavirus, we can get our recess back.

We have seen the catchphrase “We’re all in this together” since this thing began in March.

We are all in this together, y’all. Don’t like that? Guess what - the coronavirus doesn’t care.

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

– George Orwell, 1984