Before I get down to the crux of this post I want to tell you about one of the most heart wrenching books I have ever read. Its title was The Cry and the Covenant. The book was written in 1949 and I read it in the early 1960s. It was a historical fiction but based on the life of Hungarian physician in the 1920s. Instead of re-hashing the facts I will just give them to you in the form of a Wikipedia snapshot.
It was a heart wrenching story of a man’s fight to overcome the machismo and ego of surgeons, almost all of who were men, to do something as simple as a washing his hands between patients. As the description above explains his fight to make that happen wasn’t won until years after his tragic death by the very thing he was trying to prevent. I went to Amazon to try to get a copy of the book but it is out of print and the only copies available were going for almost $1,000!
It was a tragic story about a man crying in the wilderness and no one would listen. That almost seems to also be the case with the resistance of so many to wearing a mask during this pandemic.
For far too many it, like the story above, is also about ego and machismo and ignorantly ignoring the facts! Of course, we know the instigator-in-chief gets a giant share of the blame for the many who refuse to just be human and have some empathy for others. Since it has been documented that he has told about 15,000+ lies while occupying the Oval Office, I don’t know how he has ANY creditability with ANYONE. I guess those who show they are proudly ignorant about almost everything are ripe candidates for his lies, and if you believe that 90% of those who call themselves Republicans are saying he is doing a great job, there are a lot of proudly ignorant people out there!
It seems I am having a meltdown on every weekly trip off the homestead now! I kinda feel like Ignaz in the story above, how can people not understand that it is very simple to beat this virus by just covering their mouths for a couple of months? Is that really too much to ask?
It is approaching twenty years since a small group of terrorists with box cutters killed 3,000 U.S. citizens, and we are still making people take off their shoes and not carry anything sharp on an airplane to prevent another attack. Why can’t we do the same type of thing for the 120,000 who have died from the virus in the last four months?