This piece from yesterday’s Boston Globe hit me like a rock in the head. I understand we are all frustrated, grouchy, and possibly poor — and suffering poverty and helplessness in the face of this pandemic. That being said, I have trouble believe that anyone with half a brain and an IQ over 80 believes this plague is a hoax. How many people have to die before they change the channel from Fox and discover their news source is lying to them? That the man who was president wouldn’t know the truth if it banged him on the head (hasn’t it done that yet?) — and this nonsensical business of trying to overturn an election is unpatriotic and possibly treasonous.
But hey, what’s a little treason between authoritarian dictators and their cult followers? Who needs democracy anyway? Especially when you have to apply it to all those people you hate. If YOU have democracy, that’s a good thing — but not when everyone gets to have a piece, right?
And some of those doctors and nurses, frustrated by the refusal of so many Americans to wear masks or stop socializing, are speaking out. There is a devastating opinion piece by an angry LA doctor in the LA Times that is worth reading — and passing around. Some excerpts from the essay by Dr. Mark Morocco:
Smothered in PPE, we’re doused in coronavirus every day while we take care of the very sick, the worried well and the dying.
We are furious and we are exhausted. And now we face again the flooding of our hospitals.
We’re tired of seeing patients who got the virus after their kid’s “limited” birthday party or because they went out to a restaurant dinner with “close friends” or flew to a celebration in a state “that didn’t have much COVID.”
People aren’t made to be perfect, but damn, we should be better than this.
Stop being crybabies about a little inconvenience. We already have more than 250,000 reasons to weep — and to be thankful we are alive and can still do something about it.
So avoid crowds. Wash your hands. Stay home. Why is this so hard?
[During World War II], people back home collected rubber and bacon grease for years, gave up countless liberties and luxuries, and no one ever called the war a hoax, even if they never saw a Nazi in their backyard.
We’re eight months into COVID. World War II lasted six years and a day. The Great Depression lasted 10 years. The 1918 flu lasted two years and two months.
Are we really that soft? That careless? That selfish?
Sad to say, many of us are.