Twelve Things I've Learned From COVID Times
• Human beings find ways to express themselves with their masks, which have taken on a huge variety of looks.
• The gizmo you pull up from your neck is far more comfortable but does make me feel as though I’m about to rob a gas station. (When I take a mask off it indubitably knocks off my sunglasses.)
• TV reporters in the field, standing alone facing a camera they’ve probably set up themselves, yet wearing a mask, look ridiculous.
• You can’t fix stupid. People who protest wearing masks for some ridiculous independence reason are as dumb as parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids. What they are really saying is, “I'm hugely self-absorbed and I don’t care.”
• I can no longer listen to politicians who simply appear to me as rank amateurs and not leaders at all. They instill no confidence, they provide no guidance, exacerbated in these times.
• Justifying mass protestors in the streets but denying large attendance at religious services makes zero sense. One politician actually said, “Protests are more important than church.” Maybe to him….
• In prior crises we’ve seemed to come together, but with this one we seem to be drawing farther apart. I blame this squarely on both political parties.
• Demanding that small businesses—especially restaurants—have limited capacity while staying open simply creates a slow death in place of an immediate one.
• I can get nearly anything delivered, and usually overnight, from food to appliances, hobby materials to furniture.
• A great many people are realizing that they really don’t have to travel all that much for business and can still be highly successful and productive.
• Online learning for primary and secondary schools doesn’t work well at all. Charter schools do this better than public schools. The teachers unions will always look to their own best interests ahead of the students’ best interests.
• This, too, shall pass. The question is not what’s happened to us, but what we’ve decided to do about it.
A “secular prayer”: May we use this Thanksgiving period as one of reconciliation, tolerance, and forgiveness, and try to overcome chasms with bridges.