Three Observations on Culture and COVID-19

A couple of observations about our current state. In true preacher fashion, I have three points

1. Our ability to put “we” over “me” has been eroding for quite some time. The debate about reopening the economy has shone a bright light on our disconnect. We can’t even understand that we wear a mask in public to protect others, not just ourselves.I It’s hard to undo this way of being overnight.

2. I don’t know why we don’t trust science and public health experts. I don’t know why we don’t trust the stories that frontline healthcare workers are sharing. We are always going to elect public officials (from both parties) who aren’t qualified for the office. However, I shudder to think how many people we elect who don’t have the humility and wisdom to listen to people who know what they are talking about.

3. As a person of faith, a core piece of my belief system is that “we” are more important than “me.” Personally, it’s a day to day struggle to live into this belief. It’s not easy. I (mostly) fall short. However, if I don’t have this guiding vision of what a faithful life looks like, the rest of it feels pretty empty to me.

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