Update: The revised version of Corona Wisdom is now in the hands of the printer. The title changed slightly and I hope we chased down those pesky typos in the process! It will be available as a print-on-demand book in about 3 weeks.
In the meantime, this virus goes on displaying new tricks and devastating lives as it goes. End of year forecast for the US is 400,000 dead ... and yet September 15th has been designated the day to end wearing masks. Please stay safe. 9/7/2020
Deaths are clustered around old age and the lethal combination of poverty and contributing health conditions. Approximately 40% of US deaths were residents of nursing homes and assisted living centers, and people living in poverty are twice as likely to die as the middle class and wealthy.
The working poor, gig workers, and homeless however, are being devastated, not only losing their incomes, but also their health insurance, and often, access to security programs such as unemployment. Endless lines at food banks are common and the token payment of $1,200, intended to help people through the financial crisis, isn’t enough to touch the needs of most poor families.
- Bazookas in a sandwich shop.
- Spitting on people just doing their jobs.
- Threatening the lives of anyone who disagrees with you.
- Armed protests for the freedom not to wear a mask.
- A man playing his grand piano from a gondola on the canals of Venice.
- Anonymous donors paying off student loans.
- Amateur pilots flying medical supplies to rural hospitals.
- Health care workers risking their lives to treat patients.
Do all deaths matter?
Does our planet matter?
Actions speak louder than words and I’m not sure our actions are consistent with those words. These are deep, complicated questions with no easy answers.
If the lives of everyone mattered, would Native Americans be facing loss of tribal income, staggering unemployment, and inadequate basic services such as clean, running water?
If the lives of everyone mattered, would children go to bed hungry in one of the richest countries
in the world, and almost a third of our people lack affordable access to health care.
|Tree of a different time|