“In the long history of humankind and animal kind,
those who learned to collaborate
and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
We are currently living in a very precarious time. Except for outbreaks of a War and the attack of 911, the USA hasn’t experienced such a fast paradigm shift in our life styles in almost a century.
If you are over 90 years old, you understand what it means to make big sacrifices for the good of all mankind. Anyone under 90 years old has never experienced a major crisis of this magnitude. The last time this Nation faced a major crisis was the 1929 stock market crash.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced challenges when he took office back in March 4, 1933 during the height of the depression and made his famous speech: “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Words that are probably the most iconic used by any President.
Roosevelt faced the economic crisis and the American people, who had just lost about everything, including hope, with honesty and compassion. Most don’t realize, he prefaced his famous speech with saying this is an important time to tell the truth and that the dire facts have to be understood. He continued to say that we have to come together as a Nation and that he was taking responsibility for the Great Depression and he would go to Congress with a series of measures to recommend to Congress.
Through all of this, Roosevelt gave our Nation a sense of hope and trust that he would get them through this harsh time. As we all know, he did succeed and was responsible for many life supporting government programs we have today.
The Coronavirus pandemic is challenging our values, beliefs, trusts and our existence. Let’s face it, unless you live under a rock, it’s the number one topic and concern for everyone especially our leaders.
I’m sure like all of you, I’ve been reading, watching the news and researching about the Coronavirus. Facts about where it’s heading, how to possibly prevent the spread and all the daunting statistics are overwhelming.
After analyzing all of this Coronavirus information, I can’t help but think about the great Charles Darwin. Most of you fellow Blogaholics know who Darwin was but in case you don’t: Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is one of the most important concepts and organizing principles of modern biology. … And because of its clarity, the phrase coined not by Darwin but by, Herbert Spencer, “survival of the fittest” is still widely used to explain natural selection to people interested in understanding the evolution of life on Earth.
As we are learning, the Coronavirus is not discriminating between, race, economic class, continents or social status. It appears it is choosing to infect the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Anyone with what they are calling, “underlying conditions”, whether they have diabetes, autoimmune disease, emphysema, etc. has a compromised immune system period. That’s why healthy children, anyone from age 10-40 without any existing illness are having a better chance of surviving the virus.
The media as well as our leaders have a great deal of impact on how we respond to this crisis. As the Coronavirus continues to unfold on to our Nation of panicked, stressed and frightened people, this is the time we need to work together, be more patient, not panic, we need excellent honest leadership (that’s an entire other issue) and most importantly, we must take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Because, as we are witnessing, the government can only do so much to protect its people. It will eventually come down to, survival of the fittest.