Jesusians

A Courteous Contrararian

The Covid

Written By: Jon Jaroszewski - Jul• 03•20

Can we just drop the 19? There aren’t many other covids to confuse it with. Economists estimate that we can save $2.4 billion in ink and labor costs.

I’ve been thinking about the covid in the big picture, the stuff we either don’t think about or don’t talk about.

In the short run, I’m proud of humanity. For the first time in history, we have put the value of lives above the economic considerations. That’s pretty astounding. Initially, nearly the whole world shut down.

I think world leaders didn’t want to tarnish their legacies. They didn’t know what the covid would be like, but they knew worst case scenario would be like the decimation of the Spanish Flu that killed an estimated 50-100 million people. With today’s population, that would be 450-900 million people. No leader wanted to be responsible for the death of 20-30 million in their own country. But yay for us.

Now that we understand the covid a bit better, of course we need to reopen. People need a place to live. They need to eat. They need to touch other humans. How we open has been a healthy debate. It should be.

What I can’t understand is this debate about masks and distancing. I hate wearing a mask but I do. And I tend to be a conservative. I’d feel terrible if I didn’t and then got someone sick. Wearing or not shouldn’t be a political statement, it is kindness.

We can all claim our right to do something or not, and we love to rail at the government for taking our freedoms. I don’t like to cut my grass. It’s my grass. Every blade is taxed. Shouldn’t I have the right to not cut it? But I know if I didn’t, my neighbors (face mask deniers or not ) would be unhappy with me. And what if my new freedom encouraged a few more neighbors to also quit. My freedom from grass-cutting might lower property values. I have a social responsibility to the people around me, and they to me.

To place our own “rights” above the wishes of our neighbors is narcissistic. It makes the whole world an ever-so-slightly worse place. So does driving drunk. So would a shaggy lawn or leaving out my trash cans. And according to Jesus, who are our neighbors?

We can all grumble about the re-openings or reversals, but until most people feel safe, let’s be kind to them. Even if “they are sheep misled by the mainstream media.” Especially for those poor, frightened people. It’s not such a huge sacrifice. Be kind.

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