J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
My last post was not written with despair. For as Gandalf says “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” My last post was written with sadness over the immensity and complexity of our current circumstance. There is most certainly hope.
My greatest hope is in God for He alone will never fail us. He will never leave us or forsake us. I have hope in the American people to find a way to stand together through this. I have hope in the doctors and nurses and scientists but I also understand that they are only human and there will be errors. I have hope in the current government administration that is trying to do their best. I do not think they have malice in mind. It would be incredibly difficult for anyone to bear the burden of this pandemic.
As someone who is "older", with a husband who has leukemia, with children (one daughter being a doctor) and grandchildren, you would think I would be all in for everyone staying home. I chose to shelter at home. Others may not be in the position I am in and may wish to make another decision for their lives. I happen to believe that they should be able to chose what is best for them.
With this virus, it is difficult to know what to believe and not to believe. Different medical professionals say different things. This is entirely brand new. No one has been here before. Some believe that everyone should stay at home (except "essential" workers). Some believe it would be wise to ease the restrictions. Still protect the elderly and those with compromised health but have everyone else go back to their day to day lives. The thought here is that herd immunity would occur and that would be better in the long run. The virus would basically die off because it would have no where to go. With such a vast proportion of the population barely experiencing any symptoms, in my opinion this makes the most sense.
We can all agree to disagree on the whens and hows. I believe we can all agree that we need not despair for we can not see the end beyond doubt.