“A single one-size-fits-all advisory” for indoor spaces is “far from acceptable,”
… we need to name and reckon with this very specific and metastatic grieving: the accumulating losses of people we love who are still here, the death of our relationships. It is a national tragedy.
Another great read from Mr. Pavlovitz …
Maybe that’s why some people don’t like him. He’s done a lot with his Foundation, he’s done a lot with Warren Buffet and he’s damn well spot-on about the calamity of our generation not being war but … a virus.
How can the rest of the world expect America to lead on global threats — climate change, the extinction crisis, pandemics — when the country no longer has a sense of benign purpose, or collective well-being, even within its own national community? Flag-wrapped patriotism is no substitute for compassion; anger and hostility no match for love. Those who flock to beaches, bars, and political rallies, putting their fellow citizens at risk, are not exercising freedom; they are displaying, as one commentator has noted, the weakness of a people who lack both the stoicism to endure the pandemic and the fortitude to defeat it. Leading their charge is Donald Trump, a bone spur warrior, a liar and a fraud, a grotesque caricature of a strong man, with the backbone of a bully.
We believe the choice is clear. We can continue to allow the coronavirus to spread rapidly throughout the country or we can commit to a more restrictive lockdown, state by state, for up to six weeks to crush the spread of the virus to less than one new case per 100,000 people per day.
Great idea shared by many way smarter than us. But it’ll never happen.
One, we have too many selfish Americans who can’t be bothered or have some other bullshit thought on “individual rights.” Here’s the thing, Bubba: the Founding Fathers were all about “we” not “me.”
And, two: we have no leadership. That outfit in the White House is a clown show at best so forget that. And, here in Wisco, an already weak Governor is neutered further by Republican leadership hiding behind “individual rights” when all they’re really concerned with is power.
But there’s another way out of this mess: vote.
Vote like your life depends on it.
It is notable that, as a country, we are not talking about policies or winning majorities. We are talking about how Trump can win by gaming the Electoral College, or by cheating.
“…a fool, a liar and a failure…”
… there’s a deeper explanation of the profoundly self-destructive behavior of Trump and his allies: They were all members of America’s cult of selfishness.
Paul Krugman nails it. Greed, selfishness and … narcissism … are at the root of most of our challenges.