Many in America are in a state of denial. They refuse to believe that the most powerful country on earth has been brought to its knees by a virus, something unseen that can lurk within, undetected until it lashes out with deadly consequences upon its unfortunate victims.
For some of them, a popular conspiracy theory is more acceptable – the Chinese have done it for economic control, the medical community is inflating numbers to make covid-19 appear more dire than it actually is thus receiving more federal aid, and the Democrats have conspired to use the bug for political advantage in November. Damn those Dems anyhow. I had no idea we were that powerful.😁
What cannot be denied is that a divided nation has become even more divided pitting those who mask against those who don’t mask, those who practice social distancing against those who freely interact, and those who prefer to be safe until a vaccine is developed against those who call the lockdown a politically motivated drama.
Political leadership is the key element in this division. We do not enjoy the leadership of a uniting force in government. From the Tao Te Ching we learn the following wisdom:
The best of leaders,
his people hardly know that he exists.
Next is the leader his people love and praise.
Next comes the one they fear.
Next comes the one they shame.
Nonchalant and reticent.
When work is done,
His people say, ‘We did it all but naturally!’
– Lao Tzu