Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/16/2020
I’ve been concerned for a long time about whether the economic deaths from Covid will outnumber the medical deaths. We’ve all seen stores and diverse businesses forced to close their doors, and of people having to rely on the government because they’ve gone through their savings. I’m sure that most of you reading this have done whatever you can to patronize businesses and help out neighbors.
I’ve heard doctors warn that if hospitals become overcrowded, they will have to decide who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t—who lives and who dies. I can’t imagine having to make such a decision. Even generals sending people into battles don’t decide who, specifically, will live or die. A woman in my community, who had Covid and was in very serious condition (and now has fully recovered), was asked in the hospital by a doctor whether she wanted a ventilator or to be allowed to die, and if she did become gravely ill, did she want to sign a “do not resuscitate” form? All this with no family available for her.
We’ve usually lived our lives mostly highly happy but not totally safe—we’ve had wars, disease, natural disasters, and crime. There is a risk in life itself. The question now often seems to me to be: Do we want to try to be totally safe where everyone is totally unhappy?
How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t, like, cashing Social Security checks; he wasn’t hanging out—he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.