My Thoughts. . .
Since January 2020 most of us older folks have made our home our protective cave. We ventured out just to see our shadow. Masks were required because someone else’s sneeze might send us to the hospital. Contradictory instructions were given but politicians became our major examples. Old people do not like learning new habits. We reluctantly did. Wearing masks incites new procedures. If you remove it to eat and have to sneeze, do you quickly return it, or sneeze into your elbow, infecting it? So, some folks used their mask to strain their food! Healthy, I guess, but calories were lost. So, I guess that is healthy? We are old, so that did help digestion and some actually lost weight. Most never understood how the weight loss happened.
As the days rolled into weeks and the weeks slowly inched into months, TV News programs revealed mankind’s superior possession of intelligence. One day we were informed that wearing masks was the utopia of good health. The next day those same intellectuals informed us that it was decided that such wear was stupid. Some began to wonder if Forrest Gump was not more than their equal? But the informed had spoken. Folks played “Musical Chair” with masks. Politicians showed us how to wear one without covering your nose. Some became risqué by showing their naked nose and mouth.
Two vaccines were produced, in record time. Some were very critical in condemning this “record” since it was “too fast” and the results might be horrendous. Yet, they were first in line. People came by the thousands waiting patiently and impatiently in line. Early birds hoping to beat the crowd remained in line for over three hours. Of course, some found out, after waiting in line for a few hours, that it was for folks 75 and older. Even if you were 74 years, 11 months, and twenty-nine days old, you were out of luck and did not receive the vaccine. Age had its merits. The younger folks questioned future lines to make sure their age was covered. Some of those folks were reacquainted with their spouse during those long waiting periods in the car.
There were some strange rules levied that seemed useless, even stupid. They were enforced since the powers-that-be had meticulously worked everything out. Only one family member was allowed to visit a patient in the hospital and come and go as often as he/she desire on that day. No other family member could see the patient until it was his turn to take that specific day. Of course, some are super smart in getting around such rules, so identical twins ignored that one! Some fraternal twins tried but for some reason they could not get away with it. Fraternal twins that were male/female really ran into a wall of “denial.” Some are still attempting to solve that fiasco.
Politicians wore a mask when cameras were present. When they thought they were not being photographed but were, the unwanted publicity exposed their hypocrisy and the public got to see their temper tantrums free of charge. Some politicians harped about the public not following their righteous rules, but when they were caught doing the same, they claimed the “I’m somebody” to camouflage their inconsistency. Hopefully, we will not forget the lessons of 2020. We are often reminded of mankind’s weakness in repeating his stupidity.
This country has never been perfect, nor will it ever be. Believing our own lies has never built a viable society. We continue to exaggerate the unthinkable. We reach for perfection and pretend success. Promises are made, never to be kept. Hope’s rosy picture is painted in senseless confusion. Ignorance is touted as the new intellect. Truth becomes the next lie. Man is awed by his own importance. Mistakes are blamed on others. Success is measured by the power one believes he possesses. Man continues to walk in the footprints of those in former days who did “that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Our flaws rule us, our inconsistencies haunt us, and we continue to create and live in our excuses. In our blindness we believe we see the perfect society when we have only viewed a copy of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Paul cried out what we need to understand. Some do. Some do not.
“O you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. (Romans 7:24-25 TLB).