Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
As children, we were easily wooed. Someone would come along with a candy bar or the latest-greatest toy and we would blindly follow wherever they led. Perhaps this is why our parents went out of their way to warn us to never get into cars with strangers. They knew we were vulnerable. Easily swayed.
We might be grown-ups now, but we’re still just as vulnerable. We’re still easily wooed, though the candy bars look a bit different. These days, our leaders are using fear to woo us into a different kind of existence than we’ve ever experienced before. They’re wooing us with phrases like these:
We’re about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter.
Lockdown of 4 to 6 weeks could control pandemic and revive economy.
Dr. Michael Osterholm (Advisor to Joe Biden)
Many of the state’s early cases were attributable to religious gatherings that served as super-spreader events.
Governor Cuomo’s office
Even through 2022 we should be prepared for life to not return to normal. It’s appropriate for bars and restaurants to close over the next four to six months.”
I think what we’re going to start seeing in the local levels, be they governors or mayors or people at the local level, will do, as you said, very surgical-type of restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local lockdown.”
We hear these comments and we’re riddled with fear. Are they right? Should we really change our lives. . .until 2022?
Clearly, many think so.
Consider New York, where police went door-to-door to reinforce quarantine restrictions. Or Florida and New Jersey, where drones are being used to spy on citizens. Or Alabama and Massachusetts, where corona-positive patents were reported to the police. Or a multiplicity of other states, where business owners have been fined thousands of dollars a day for remaining open.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Envoy, David Nabarro, “National lockdowns should only be used in really extreme circumstances when things are very bad.”
We are hopeful 2021 will look better, but at this point it’s difficult to tell. The question remains: “What do we do in the meantime, until this virus is behind us?”
We all respond differently to life’s challenges, of course. Some “go along with” (even when expectations seem extreme) because that’s how they were raised—to do what they’re told. And we do know, of course, that some states are struggling more than others.
But we also know that many have decided not to take the candy bar. They’re not going gently into the dark night. In fact, many would tell you that the cure is (in their humble opinion) worse than the virus, itself.
In Mississippi they’re attending drive-in church, even if it means getting a ticket for doing so. In Times Square, restaurant owners are gathering to protest. In California, business owners like Angela Marsden are trying to get back to work and are winning the hearts of America with their stories.
What about you? Will you settle in for a long winter’s nap until this virus passes? Will you go gently into the dark night? Or will you look for glimpses of sunlight to woo you in a different direction? That choice, my friend, is yours and yours alone.