If, when we’re on the other side of this, we’ve gone through this entire ordeal without learning anything, we will be the worse for it. At this juncture, as I write these words, there are individual businesses that will never recover from the protracted shutdown, there are families that will lose their homes, there are people whose life savings will have been depleted, and that’s just a fact. We may have flattened the curve and reached peak mortality, but we’re nowhere near reaching peak pain as a direct result of the past few weeks. When it comes to collateral damage and unintended consequences, we haven’t even scratched the surface. Let’s face it; most people were psychologically unprepared for what they are currently experiencing; hence the reason most simply shut down, comply, and live in their basements without protest until further instruction is received. They don’t question the logic of it or point out the fact that the reason for the shutdowns was so we wouldn’t overwhelm the healthcare system, which we’ve succeeded in not doing. The mobile hospitals, hospital ships, makeshift triage centers, have all packed up and gone away because the influx of patients they were expecting never materialized. The disease wasn’t nearly as bad as they all said it would be, but the cure will be incalculably worse than most people envision at this time. These are just the facts! I wish it were not so, but it is, and sugar coating it will do nothing for you. The repercussions of this entire ordeal will be far-reaching and long-lasting. As the declaration of independence so aptly states, these truths are self-evident. We can’t unmake this omelet, so we will have to live with the consequences, adapt where we can, and trust in God to see us through. If there’s nothing we can change about the outcome, we might as well come away with a few learned lessons, so we don’t repeat the same mistakes six months, a year, or five years down the road. The first obvious lesson that we learned early on is that the kid with the lazy eye and the speech impediment that fills the Instacart orders at the grocery store is more essential than a Tesla full of celebrities, and Bubba the trucker with the overalls smelling like stale Cheetos and sauerkraut, doubly so. This entire thing has proven beyond doubt that every pampered, coddled, entitled, sanctimonious, self-righteous, quasi-celebrity pervert, and pederast that has been hoisted upon our consciousness as being relevant lo these many years is essentially non-essential. The second obvious lesson we’ve hopefully learned is that maybe masculinity isn’t so toxic after all. I’m guessing right about now there are a substantial amount of young women watching with disdain as their boyfriends are sitting in the corner, hugging their knees, rocking back and forth, and mumbling about how they’re out of hydrating exfoliating cream, and if they wouldn’t be a dear and go out and get some. There is a reason God made man, and God created woman. Each is uniquely skilled, and when they come together using their particular gifting, they complete and complement each other. The man’s primary duty as head of his household is to provide, to do what he must to ensure that the lives he is responsible for are fed, clothed, and sheltered. I’m betting all the ladies filming themselves in their cars having a nervous breakdown wouldn’t mind a toxically masculine male providing for them right about now. The third lesson we should have learned, and this is just within the last few days, is that the hope we held out that elected officials and law enforcement would oppose tyranny and uphold the constitution, were an illusion. We are seeing mothers being arrested for taking their kids to the park, elected officials abusing their authority, and all manner of overreach even in places like Idaho. For those who understand what this means, alarm bells should be going off incessantly.
There are more lessons, but this morning’s musing is getting too long. Perhaps a part two.
With love in Christ,
Posted on 24 April 2020 | 1:03 pm