Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Despair Is Only For Those

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
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.

 Hope is a funny thing.  I think there are many different kinds of hope ~ like with love.  You can love your spouse.  You can love your children.  You can love your friends.  You can love your family.  It's all love but it is different.

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.

10 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful quote, and TRUE! I have always thought it is a blessing that we do not know the future. How awful it would be! Just one day at a time would be enough. I for sure do not want to know the future. I believe that we should do what we want, except in the case where we may harm someone else. And right now, being careless will do that.

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    1. The tricksy part, Ginny, is defining what or how we may harm someone else means. As an example, driving a car could be seen as something that may harm someone else. Plenty of people have car accidents that injure people. That doesn't mean we should tell everyone not to drive a car. Mandating staying home harms people who can not feed their families or are suicidal. Very tricksy indeed.

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  2. I agree, this is a complex, changing and confusing situation. My age means I am at home for 6 weeks now, and I may hesitate to get back out there in future. I admire our President and his leadership. The city in California where I live is pretty much shut down, and we are required to wear masks if we go into a grocery store, etc. Sweden has few restrictions and is doing great. Be well!

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    1. Thank you, Terra for visiting and commenting too! I finally ventured out after almost 10 weeks at home.

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  3. I think you know that I agree with the "herd immunity" thing and that those of us who are more at risk should do what is best for us and/or our families. It's a different time for sure. Stay strong and well!! xoxox

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    1. Thank you, Terri! Stay strong and well too!!

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  4. I like what Sweden is doing, and I'm thinking that that's the best option. I guess we will see how it all pans out. I was wondering your daughter's feelings on this? How is she doing?

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    1. Kitty, I sent you a card back. xoxo

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  5. It would be nice if everyone could chose what they wanted to do, but then you have my husband that it would not be good for him to go back to work since the seats in his office are only 2 feet apart from one another, and his coworkers have been going out of state and having others come to their homes from out of state during these stay at home order times, so he would be put at risk as they all think this is just like the common flu and is all crazy. If they are told to go back he can't make the choice to stay away or he loses his job, right now they are working from home. We have to put our trust and faith in God at these times

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    1. I hope things work out for your husband, Connie. Trust and pray and have faith is all we can do. xo

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