Something To Think About

Pearl Harbour headlines

Seventy-nine years ago today the Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, Hawaii, bringing the United States into active participation in World War II.  2,403 men and women lost their lives that day, and another 1,178 were wounded.  A horrific loss of life to be sure, but why is it when we hear that number we are horrified, and yet as many people are dying of a deadly pandemic every day, yet few even take notice?

The average person in 1941 was powerless to stop the attack on Pearl Harbour, but each and every one of us have the power to help stop the spread of the coronavirus simply by only going out when necessary, wearing a mask, washing our hands frequently, and keeping our distance from others.  If only the attack on Pearl Harbour could have been stopped that easily.  Have we simply become inured to the daily death toll, or do we truly no longer care about the people who are dying unless they are close to us on a personal level?

Perhaps it stems from a lack of leadership.  In 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a man of conscience and honour, was president, while today’s president is neither of those things, and has even encouraged citizens to go forth and spread their germs just as he himself has done.  On Saturday, 2,256 people died from the coronavirus in the U.S., 10,191 worldwide.  In total, the U.S. has lost 289,183 lives to the virus this year, and still some people deny that it exists and refuse to take reasonable precautions.  They risk not only their own lives, but those of every person they come in contact with.  The men and women at Pearl Harbour on that day jumped into action to try to save as many lives as possible.  Today, people in this country are more concerned with their “right” to go to a bar, a church, or a beach sans mask, to pick up an airborne germ and carry it home to their children, their elderly relatives, and others.  How times have changed.

5 thoughts on “Something To Think About

  1. alright, think about these exchanges as well as the stupid hipocrasy of these idiotic governors and mayors of cities who impose stay-at-home orders on their citizens but they still go out.
    “Me AT GROCERY STORE:
    Why is there plastic on the payment keypad?
    Cashier: to protect people from Covid.
    Me : but isn’t everyone touching the plastic keypad the same way they would the regular keypad?
    Cashier: no words. Confused look.
    Me : Why Dont you pack the grocery bags anymore?
    Cashier : Because of covid 19 to reduce the spread of catching or spreading the virus.
    Me : But a shelf packer took it out of a box and put on the shelf, a few customers might of picked it up and put back deciding they Dont want it, I put
    it in my buggy then on the conveyer belt, YOU picked it up to scan it.. But putting it in a bag after you scan is risky??
    Cashier : no words, confused look
    Me AT DRIVE-THRU:
    Server: (holds a tray out the window with a bag of food to grab)
    Me: why is my bag of food on a tray?
    Server: so I don’t touch your food because of Covid.
    Me: didn’t the cook touch my food? Didn’t the person wrapping my food touch it and then touch it again when placing it in my bag? Didn’t you touch the
    bag and put it on the tray? Didn’t you touch the tray?
    And don’t you touch my money when I pay for everything still and then put it in the drawer and still touch everything else?
    Server: no words. Confused look.
    Me AT RESTAURANT:
    Hostess: ok, I can seat you at this table right here (4 feet away), but I will need you to wear a mask to the table.
    Me: what happens when I get to the table?
    Hostess: you can take off the mask.
    Me: then it is safe over there?
    Hostess: yes.
    Me: are those fans blowing above the table? Is that the air-conditioning I feel? Is the air circulating in here?
    Hostess: no words. Confused look.
    SOCIETY:
    You are not allowed to stand and drink at the pub or bar, you have to sit down.
    But at the shopping center you are not allowed to sit down, all the chairs are roped off.
    Who thinks this crap up?
    Life is hard for logical people right now. We are being raised without the ability to process and execute logic.” It doesn’t make sense to wear a mask to a table at a restaurant but then to be able to take it off to eat.
    I understand that, just like iwth almost every other issue, we’lll neve ever agree but I still try to be logical where I can, even if you guys just think I’m a conspiracy nut because I just don’t go aling with the narrative.

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  2. As you say, How times have changed, and not always for the better. Our commitment to each other as a species, as fellow men and women seems to be on a back burner somewhere. We need to stop concentrating on ourselves and recover our humanity, our concern for others and not allow ourselves to be diverted by those who only have their own interests at heart.

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    • Rarely for the better, when it comes to human nature. I think all the technology has spoiled humans and inured them to the world around them. People no longer seem to feel that they have a responsibility to those around them, but are more concerned with finding things that make them happy.
      Cwtch

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  3. Americans were trying to avoid getting involved in war in 1941. Under Trump, Americans are NOT trying to avoid getting Covid, so it doesn’t matter how many die? Out of curiosity, what was the average daily death toll before Covid?
    It’s all in how you hold your horse’s tongue.

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    • Yes, Americans were turning a blind eye to the plight of the world, until it hit home. As always, they only care when it directly affects them. Same with the coronavirus … they deny its existence, refuse to wear a mask or stay home … until their own parent, child, or best friend dies and then it becomes real for them. Sigh. This is a selfish nation of people who think their personal ‘rights’ supersede the rights of others. I’ve never tried to hold a horse’s tongue … been bitten a time or two, so I don’t willingly place my hand inside their mouth!

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