Obeying The Law But Staying Free To Be As Smart As We Can

The Corona-virus is a new and astonishingly difficult challenge.

No one really knows what to do now.

President Trump was ridiculed for asking if we could inject disinfectant.

And, on the surface, it wasn’t his best moment. But if you rephrase it to ask “Can the property or properties in disinfectant which kill the virus be isolated to be used medicinally?” then it is a much smarter sounding question. It is a creative guy thinking on his feet, thinking freely. This is what thinking outside the square is all about. And it needs genuine freedom of speech to work. Freedom matters. Especially when the entire human race does not seem to know what to do about a very real threat to the lives of very many people.

“Shelly” of San Diego has written this to me:

“I personally will be abiding by the social distancing measures until they are lifted because a) I am a law-abiding citizen. I believe in rule of law even when it’s inconvenient for me. and b) I don’t think we are past the danger yet. ………. Before we reopen as a country a couple of things need to happen: we need to have enough tests available for everyone, whether they show symptoms or not, and we need to have a reliable contact tracing program in place. I hope we will have those things soon but I’m living like the shutdown will go into fall just in case.”

I agree with Shelly about not breaking the law.

She is well aware of how hard it is to get both the economic and health issues right. (“It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.“)

But I make the following comments about easing the restrictions.

America is now leaving its flu season and approaching summer. So if the shutdown is still going in autumn, then only what would be perhaps the fastest produced vaccine in history will save America from a very terrible winter.

I am not sure that this pandemic is a danger we can get past in one or two or even more winters.

We may just have to get used to a reality where current life expectancy for human beings will be substantially reduced by this virus.

Most of the fatalities of Cornavirus are around my age (62) or older.

Is God the Father working with Mother Nature here to create a human cull on an over populated planet? Sparing the young but taking the last years away from people who have already enjoyed most of their lives?

This is a question from me not knowledge.

Only God is omniscient.

Geoff Fox, 29th April, 2020, Down Under.

 

Sam Houston and Herd Immunity Heroes

Sam at San Jacinto

 

The world does not know what to do about the Coronavirus.

“Shelly” a Millennial thinker from San Diego, California, writes this about the Opening America dilemma facing President Trump and many other leaders:

“Opening America up again is certainly a risky political move. Open too late and the economic consequences will be dire. Open too early and ICU’s get overwhelmed, with dire economic consequences anyway. It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. All I can do is pray that President Trump will be guided by God and science to do what is best.”

It doesn’t hurt to look to the past for inspiration about what to do in the present.

On April 21st, 1836 ,the Texas army lead by Sam Houston engaged and defeated the Mexican army to win independence for Texas in a battle that lasted 18 minutess. Quick decisive victories can reduce all the terrible costs of war.  They are the hallmark of a leader who cares about people. Houston’s own definition of leadership is consistent with what he achieved that day: “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

In order for leaders now to achieve that goal, I believe we have to change the way that we think about the disease which has turned today’s human world upside down.

I do not like calling what is happening a war. It is a health crisis. It is a crisis for us because large numbers of people are dying and the possibility of these numbers increasing terrifies people. In seeking safety because of this fear, people are willingly destroying the economic social order by making social interaction illegal.

But since frightened people are using the language of war, I want to ask some questions.

First, who are the real heroes?

For me heroes are those who contribute to the cause of seeking victory unselfishly. What will victory look like and what actions will get us there?

The economic impact of lock-downs already seems worse than anything since the Great Depression. As a 62 year old I would rather take my chances with the Coronavirus and my God-given immune system than the risk of an economic catastrophe worse than the Great Depression during my final years on earth.

Is it any sort of victory if we further destroy the economy in order to avoid a disease which primarily kills many sick elderly people? Would that be good for people in any age group, including the elderly themselves? Current Texas Lieutenant-Governor Dan Patrick does not think so. On March 23rd he told interviewer Tucker Carlson, that he was willing to risk his own life to avoid an economic shutdown. On April 7, he announced a task force to look at reopening the Texas economy.

I would like to call Dan Patrick a Herd Immunity Hero.

To me his example looks like heroic leadership. What Sam Houston honoured when he said, “Do right and risk the consequences.”

I don’t trust the modern nanny state to give me a good life but real freedom can.

Pharmacology might give the world a vaccine next year. Any earlier would be a miracle.

As “Shelly” so wisely suggests, we must respect both God and science but perhaps all we can do is pray.

Geoff Fox, 10 a.m., 21st April (San Diego time), from Down Under