Finding a new norm

September 11, 2001 changed the way Americans live, work, and play in ways we would never have dreamt. In just the last few weeks, our way of life has changed again. As I write this, it appears we are still in the early stages of some significant changes in our society.

Our military is setting up MASH-like hospitals, using Navy hospital ships and soldiers transporting necessary supplies. Our President is calling this a war against an invisible enemy.

Once this virus is under control, what will our new “normal” be? What will we have learned to prevent this from happening again? My question today is, how did we let this happen?

While scientists work to find treatments and possible vaccines, other sectors of our American society need to evaluate their contribution. Can this crisis possibly put an end to the partisan politics and develop effective leaders focused on the common good.

Sure, I miss the excitement of March Madness, I miss being able to select the grocery products of my choice rather than relay on my supportive family and friends. However, I realize these things are not as important as doing my part during this pandemic.

We are a resourceful society finding ways to attend church online, going back to school online, visiting our grandchildren, again online. What would we do without the internet?

The impact on business is beyond belief. Insurance companies are waiving fees, mortgage companies allowing payment forgiveness, and mortuaries burying people without a public ceremony. Local government is letting nonviolent offenders out of jail in an attempt to control the spread of this virus.

I pray we can stay calm, be civil, and keep washing our hands.

One thought on “Finding a new norm

  1. Putting money away for your retirement decades in the future, understanding short term concessions and sticking to it is tough. The desire to purchase the next new is strong. Saving money by curtailing spending through the years might mean reevaluating your initial reason for acting. Now add external politics and the changing of who’s in power. Any action to spend now to plan for a future disaster has no financial return on investment. It may be considered alarmist. Spend on infrastructure. See the bridges are in need of repair now. The last president wasn’t like me. I want to reverse their decisions just because. I’m in power. Scientists just threaten what my constituents expect me to do. I need to be reelected. Let’s not maintain the resources to be prepared for something that hasn’t been a problem since around Orville’s first flight.
    I see this at work. An advanced actor or ransomware hits a company hard, and only then do they get a big, green light for the security budget. How do you fight for that compromise.


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