Saturday, April 04, 2020

Is this the Greatest Country in the World?

Like everyone else around the world, I wake up every morning hoping to hear something positive about the coronavirus. So far, nothing. It just gets worse. As of today, 10M people have filed for unemployment benefits. Actually, that might be good news. At least starvation hasn't made the headlines. Yet.

Lately, I've been questioning our country's Greatness. We have been touted as the greatest country in the world. we have the best health care system, the best colleges, the brightest minds, the best doctors, the best science, the highest standard of living, the most billionairs, the best of everything.

What bothers me, and I'm sure everyone else who woke up this morning with an open mind, are asking, "why is this happening?" 

If we're the greatest country in the world, why can't we supply enough surgical masks, toilet paper or other medical supplies during this crisis, or any other crisis? (Katrina comes to mind). Or have a substantial stockpile at the ready. 

BUT! We always seem to have enough money and time to build a wall, give tax breaks to the least deserving people on the planet, bailout big corps without penalty, BUT we can't provide enough paper to blow our noses! And this is the Greatest Country in the World? 

It's counterproductive to keep pointing fingers and blaming everyone else (there's plenty of that to go around) but, like critical thinking creatures, we need to start taking responsibility for our own lives and bypass the bullshit.

We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. And the only thing the CDC asks us to do is:
  • Keep your distance. Social Distancing. Six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Stay hygienically as clean as possible
  • Don't touch your face
  • Stay home as much as possible. Self-quarantine.
How hard is that? 

While you're contemplating -- remember this: We live in a capitalistic system, there's no money in prevention. 

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