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Thanksgiving and the age of the Coronavirus
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By David Conde

Thanksgiving has traditionally been a very important gathering event for the family. Some members celebrate the holiday dinner in the early afternoon and some later on at night.

For us this has been an opportunity to eat twice with family on the same day. These and the football games makes for a complete day and night of events.

That is not going to be the case this year as we are in the grip of a pandemic and have the need and obligation to take the matter seriously. It is also a matter of leadership for everyone in the family to do the right thing.

I have been through pandemics before but never one that had me stop everything I was doing to attend to its dangers and consequences. I have found that the first hurdle of the challenge to overcome is to take it seriously.

In a sense, the Coronavirus is like terrorism as it is global and there are no front lines. Also, it does not seem to affect any of us until it does.

Another curious condition of the virus in America is how many of us react to it even if we become infected. It has become politically symbolic not to do the little things that may save our lives or those of our loved ones.

This is what I mean when I refer to the need to take the virus seriously. Our leadership at the highest level may have a lot to do with not doing so.

This reminds me of our cat Bella that went into a wildlife area behind our backyard and brought back a mouse. But instead of doing what you would expect a cat to do, she was more interested in playing with the mouse every time it moved.

The mouse finally picked up on this and remained motionless until Bella lost interest and left. This seems to be what happened to COVID-19 and our President as he experienced the challenge of the pandemic, turned it into a political game that he lost and then left it to others to avoid responsibility.

Created, in part by the virus, is a recession that is leaving Americans jobless, homeless and without medical resources at a time needed most. We have been through another serious recession in the near past and can imagine the catastrophe of having that and the pandemic together.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines will be on the way soon and we can see about resuming normal life. At the same time, we are living in a very difficult moment that requires the sacrifice of families as they need to stay apart.

When the pilgrims came to America they faced an unsettled future including the possibility of becoming a starving colony. Thanksgiving for the help they got from the natives provided an important instance of cooperation to help them stay alive.

That lesson of working together for success was also a lesson on how to treat each other regardless of how different we look or think. In addition it was a lesson about taking our life and death issues seriously.

I am thankful that our family continues to be safe despite some very close calls. I am thankful that we live in a country that provides liberty despite efforts to make us less free.

The Pilgrims survived by cooperating and coming together. Now we need to help the survival of our ourselves and loved ones by staying apart.





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