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
So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
A right-wing sanctioned, Limbaugh-inspired, home-spun supported, neighborhood-disseminated theory of the origins of covid-19 is that the Chinese government somehow is using this virus to gain control of financial markets and put the rest of the consuming world under their control. Thus, we suffering Americans are experiencing toilet paper shortages at our local stores.
Hurrah for the Chinese. They are thumping us where it hurts. Best way to win the trade wars is to force the world to use corn cobs in the loo. I can just imagine those tiny hands and smiling faces in Peking factories singing, “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is.”
What’s that you say? “Larry, you’ve gone bonkers with all this social isolation, that’s the Alka Seltzer song.” Hmmmm, think about it for a moment – plop, plop, splash, splash, oh what a relief….
Sorry, folks. Rational thinking, truth and intelligence cannot counter the bull crap floating around my neighborhood (sorry, there I go again with this insane train of thought). Seriously, there is no relief to the stupidity to which some Americans will stoop to promote their conspiracy du-jour.
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved