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The Ignorance of a Few

            As, together, we face another month of battle with the COVID-19 pandemic we must grow stronger in our resolve to battle the virus. Quarantine, social distancing, economic hardships, sickness and even death are laid at our feet as professionals seek cures and preventions.

            There are many dedicated people who are defined by governments as "essential." To them we owe our deepest gratitude and our support.

            Our medical professionals and volunteers who work to save lives and ease pain; our military, police, fire and emergency service personnel who remain on-the-job to protect and serve all of us.

            The postal employees, truck drivers, food workers, farmers, stores that keep cleaning and disinfectant supplies available, restaurants who have changed their working model to safely serve or deliver their products, pharmacies, medical and personal protection supply manufacturers who keep a vital supply chain moving to help us all with whatever semblance of normalcy we still have.  Yes, thanks also to the news media who present us with the most up-to-date information.

            Volunteers pitching in and helping out – anything from sewing masks to delivering groceries for an ailing neighbor. And, there are so many more.

            There is no law that says essential personnel must remain at their posts. They could opt to protect themselves by sheltering-in-place in their own homes. But, they don't. It's the human desire to respond to a need of humanity. Americans seem to do it best when our backs are up against the wall.

            Sadly, the ignorance of some who still refuse to believe we are in the middle of a crisis continues to put everyone at risk through their careless actions and words. If they become victims of the pandemic they have only themselves to blame. In the meantime, they will benefit from the efforts of others. When this pandemic has waned, they will benefit from the work of those they mocked.

            It reminded me of the lyrics of a song recorded in the 1970s by the group Kansas.

Masquerading as a man with a reason

My charade is the event of the season

And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know

On a stormy sea of moving emotion

Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean

I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

Carry on my wayward son

For there'll be peace when you are done

Lay your weary head to rest

Don't you cry no more

            The pandemic will end and that peace will come from the wisdom and efforts of many, not the Ignorance of a few.





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