April 30, 2020-
Part II, of “HAL and Griff” will appear on Saturday’s blog. In the meantime:
We have, as is Americans’ wont, reached the Rim of the Grand Canyon. Everyone is right, in the confines of their own silos, and whoever dares caution someone not to call for the firing, arrest, or DEATH, of another human being, who happens to be either suspected of wrongdoing or is the focus of exposes of various levels of veracity, is an unctious waste of DNA in his/her own right. This speaks volumes about those who stand in judgment.
A few thoughts, then, from my own humble and fallible mind:
We each have a dual nature- There are things about which we are self-centered and “freedom-loving” and there are things about which we are supremely giving and kind.
I believe in the sanctity of life-from the moment of conception, AND I believe it is a mother’s place to decide what is done with her body, hopefully choosing adoption over abortion, but her informed decision, nonetheless-and no one else’s.
I believe that a community can and should take the stance that the lives of everyone-richest to poorest, of all ethnicities, genders, ages and sexual orientations, are sacred, as well. I believe that respect for everyone’s sensibilities, with regard to health, is just common courtesy. I also believe that no one should be deprived of livelihood, for an open-ended period of time. Staggered shifts have been proposed for school children- the same could conceivably work for those whose jobs preclude work from home. Ditto for using common sense, with regard to spacing of people whose infection status is unknown.
We are also in a state of flux, which I know is scary for many. Humanity has been at this juncture before, when barbarian hordes have invaded their homelands. A micororganism is not a barbarian, so there is the all-too-human tendency to turn one’s perceived opponent into said barbarian. This, to me, is valuable time wasted.
It’s time to wake up, gear up and stand up-for the raising of a truly shining humanity.