When This Is Over

when this is over

As we learn to process and adapt to the daily statistics of COV-19 infections and the limits placed on our daily lives, I cannot help but wonder: what will become of us? What will the world look like a year from now? Will things go back to what we all have come to view as normal? Will the pandemic be so devastating that we endure losses of life, of wealth, of liberty from which we never recover? Will our lives resemble those from the many apocalyptic movies we have grown up watching, a Mad Max States of America? Or will we pull together, stand up and say enough already, enough divisiveness, enough politics as usual, enough cruelty and selfishness, and create a better world?

I would love for my followers and friends to start a discussion about this in the comments section of this blog. I have been thinking about this a lot, and it would seem that for a long time now, we as a human race, since we left hunting and gathering and began what the author of Sapiens calls “the agricultural revolution”, have been taking a wrecking ball to our precious small blue planet,  and to the fauna and flora that inhabit it with us. Will this pandemic result in a brave new better world or will it bring out even more ugliness, extinction, and suffering?

The first world things we take for granted – food on the supermarket shelves, services like nail and hair salons, restaurants and bars, gym memberships, theatre and sporting events; what will it cost us should we lose them forever and with what will we replace them?

The majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, without even a thousand dollars in the bank. How will they survive and can we come together to help those who most need our financial help in a way that doesn’t bankrupt us all?

Can capitalism become the ideal political model (what we were taught it should be), a kinder and gentler system where a true balance between corporations and labor, between the wealthy and the poor, is achieved? Can our democracy be transformed from its current state of oligarchy? Can we go back to the United States of America and not the civil war segregation of red states and blue states?

My son, who lives about 20 minutes away, stopped by and when I asked him if he and his fiancée Lexi needed anything, he asked me for two things. I had to laugh as I bagged a few bottles of red wine and a spray can of Lysol. Comfort and defense – the yin and yang of our new reality.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Dickens’ words never seem more relevant as we wonder if the hoarding represents who we are as humans, or the healthcare workers who report for 16 hour shifts every day with limited PPE. Who will win out – the devil on the shoulder or the angel?

I want with every mitochondrion in my body to believe that the angels will win, and not only that they will win, but that we as a species will demand more from our government, from our neighbors, from the world, and from ourselves. I want us to pull together and make the tough decisions to save our climate, to reform our political systems, and to create a world where skin color and geographic birth never determine your life span, your life choices, or your life’s worth.

I know I have lived an extremely privileged life, and I know that makes me more of an optimist than a cynic. For those of us who have the most to lose, it’s natural that we would be clinging to our stuff the most. Yet for those of us who have the most, we must remember that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

In the 1984 movie Starman Jeff Bridges plays an alien who comes to Earth to learn about us and is hunted down by our government. He takes the form of a widow’s dead husband, and her terror turns to love as he weakens and she fights to get him to the specific location where he can rendezvous with his spaceship. In a few short days on Earth he witnesses the best and worst of mankind, and before he leaves, he says, “What I love most about humans is that you are at your best when things are at their worst.”

Human history has certainly shown us that this is not always the case. Will our future look like Mad Max or Star Trek? Every day as I pray for the safety and health of so many, I also pray that we can all commit to being the better selves that Starman saw in us.

Let me know what you think. Stay safe, and even more importantly, be kind.

 

3 thoughts on “When This Is Over

  1. Debby like you I’m not sure what our world will look like in 3 months, 6 months a year from now. I’m optimistic, I hope that I and my loved ones and friends survive. I’m afraid to think otherwise. For now I’m doing things I didn’t think I could do : cook for one, walk every day, live in isolation, and extend the hand of friendship from a distance of 6’. I’m going with faith and common sense, until further notice that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Much love ❤️ to you all!!

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    • So good to hear from you Carol and sounds like we are doing the same. My house has never been cleaner! It’s definitely a balancing act and some of my friends here are going to try and set up a weekly online chat. Maybe those of us from the publishing world can do the same?

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