This will pass – but who is minding the store?
“This too shall pass,” my neighbor said to me as we stood twenty feet apart with our masks on and attempted a conversation. “Yes, it will,” I say, “but as a kidney stone or a fifteen-pound baby?”
No one knows just yet how well any country will endure this plague, or how things will look on the other side. By the time this is over, or the worst of it is, we will have learned a lot about ourselves, family, friends, and our leaders. In a time of crisis, a person’s character comes to the forefront unlike at any other time. Look at our/your leaders, how are they doing? Do you trust them with your life? Because that is exactly what you/we are doing.
I think it was Napoleon who said, “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” In times like this, when so much is at stake, we must interrupt our “enemy” and soon. In these scary and hyper-political times, it is easy to see “the other side” as an enemy. I can’t say that I am exempt from that feeling. We all see things differently based upon our culture, environment, education, and experiences.
It would be a dull world if we were all alike. It is times like this that it is more important than ever to be “one” and not “them and us” at least on some things. Can we do it though? I can’t see any evidence that we are getting any less divided as a country. We can’t shake our heads, exhausted with it all, as much as we would like to do that. We must speak up, speak out loud, ask questions, and demand answers. And we must, absolutely must, know where to get accurate information. Again, our lives may depend on it.
How easy it is to forget that our political leaders are supposed to be working for us—
we, the people. Where did all the leaders go who once thought public service was a higher calling, an honor to serve? There must be some out there.
It is always wise to know who is worthy of our trust. There are some very talented and experienced conmen (and conwomen) in the world, those who hone their craft at our expense. Most of us have been fooled at one time or the other. A person with evil intent will often show that face to you. They will let their guard down by something they say or do. They will show us who they are—we just have to be watching for it. So, as we look at the faces of those we have elected, what do we see?
Who is looking out for the people? Who can we believe?
What are we to do when we have lost trust in our leaders? There is an important thing to ask ourselves and each other: can we do better, pick better leaders next time? I think we can and should, and that we should put more importance on finding, supporting, and helping to elect leaders who are worthy of our trust.
What’s all this got to do with the virus, the plague we are now fighting you ask? Due to our leadership, people in office who are not familiar with how government works, delayed our country in its fight against this virus. That delay cost lives. Electing unqualified people is dangerous. Sometimes we are truly our own worst enemy. We are living with that mistake.
Our nation is in chaos on multiple fronts, and who is minding the store? The heck with Napoleon’s advice this time, let’s interrupt our enemy. Work for your candidate, work for change, vote.
Until next time—be a mensch, because there seems to be a shortage.