Just thinking out loud here, but, crazy me, I tend to ponder things and then ask questions.
So, as we isolate from one another, whether voluntarily or by government mandate, what other statistics could be garnered? For example:
- if there are more people working from and staying at home, will there be a reduction in car accidents?
- if people do not interact with each other, will there be a notable reduction in other infectious diseases, like the common cold and the flu we have come to accept as a normal condition of living among others?
- if stores are closed, and no one is walking around on the sidewalks of big cities, will there be a sharp fall in robberies?
- will drug dealers lose their buyers or will they come up with another way to distribute their poison?
- will accidental deaths continue?
- will there still be deadly fires and overdoses and death by all kinds of cancer?
I assume the answer to each of these questions will be yes. But the bigger question, that then follows is:
Is it possible to end suffering, sickness and death by shutting down our lives and remaining apart?
I’m gonna have to jump in and give a big no on that one.
Regardless how bad something seems to be, there is always an up side, even if it’s just a lesson to be learned.
The only constant in life is change - I think that is a quote from Charles Dickens. What is missing is that sometimes change is good and sometimes not so good. Another view might be from a quote by Will Rogers - “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute.”
There is a time for everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you do not like the weather today, wait for tomorrow and trust that God knows what He is doing, even if you don’t.