Word Laundering

Every day we get warned – if something isn’t done soon, it will get worse…

Since our present government is paralyzed and cannot make decisions, clerks and ministries need to come up with creative ideas that don’t require such a decision.

Today’s idea, that is being considered by the Ministry of Health, is to declare all the countries in the world as “red” for the purpose of corona. Closing the airport would require a government decision but “painting” is something any child is allowed to do… and in this manner everybody arriving from abroad will automatically need to go into quarantine. Brilliant! Why didn’t they think of this before?

And when they decide to do the third lockdown, which will certainly arrive in one week or two or three… there is no need to use the “L” word. All they need to do is to paint the entire country “red” or “bright red”. With the painting it is also possible to create a “breathing lockdown”, a “full lockdown” or a “fake lockdown”, simply by using various colors.

All you need to do is paint… cities, neighborhoods, schools; you can even paint people red or green…

And the economy? No problem!

The paint industry will need to work at full capacity. Paint factories, can factories, brush factories; paint stores, salespeople, deliveries, painters, public transport… That’s enough work for half the country. And the best part is that this work will never end. Ten minutes after you finish painting something red, you can change the color and paint it orange or green… and so on until the pandemic is over or until the end of time… This is a game that even children will enjoy being a part of, now that the schools are closed…

One thing this pandemic taught us: why make things simple if you can make them complicated?

David Wolf

December 2020

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About the Author
David Wolf writes about his experience of being a second-time husband and father. He has a daughter from his first marriage, and, with his second wife, has accrued three daughters, two sons-in-law, one grandchild and twin 8-year-old sons. He is a social worker in a mental health department and in private practice in Raanana.
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