It wasn’t long after the Spanish Flu of 1917 (which should, to history buffs, make the current covid-19/Wuhan/CCP virus–pick your poison–seem considerably less apocalyptic) that the face masks disappeared and life plunged back to normal. Remember hearing about the “roaring ’20s?” of fun, frolic, and flappers? The country was in full party mode, celebration, and carousing. That is, until the Depression, of course. Then there came Prohibition, then repeal of Prohibition, then more partying and…you get the picture. A cycle. In fact, an American historical cycle of plague and recovery every one hundred years, almost to the year.
There was plenty of politics involved in the previous plagues of Smallpox, Cholera, and Spanish Flu and that continues today. The politics are no more nasty now–just more sophisticated and laden with trendy (and subversive) catchphrases like “social distancing.” Possibly, the impact upon employment is a greater political tool than in the past. Which all brings us to the repeated call for and discussion of the coming “New Normal”, as visualized by the modern appointed and self-appointed prophets of medicine, commentary, and government. This new normal includes: no more hand-shaking, the likelihood of near empty stadiums and theaters, and very limited/government-approved assemblies, whether in the park, on the beach, or in church. Or just shut down the churches and watch the preacher from home.
But there is a better way. A better new normal. Better than reverting to the loud, unclean, rude practices that so easily got us here. Better than revisiting the roaring ’20s. Yet…better than letting the power brokers steal American civil rights and hope. Some simple measures, then:
- Kill the term “social distancing.” Instead, value “personal space.” Teach and practice the rule to not ever get in someone’s face but maintain what used to be considered, in good company, a polite distance.
- Keep it quiet. The quiet you hear now in your neighborhoods and buildings and parks. Hang on to it. It is healthy, not a symptom of subjugation or despair. It is priceless. Restaurant owners: keep it down.
- Keep it clean. Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands after using the commode, for pete’s sake. Do the experts really have to tell you this any longer?
- Keep it considerate. Fever? Stay home. Feeling ill? Stay home.
- Keep it courteous. From the top, as good examples to us little folk: Reporters, stop screeching at Trump like banshees or talking over him. Show some class. Pres. Trump, act Presidential and tolerant in kind.
- Be humble. Those of you who were praying for jobs or health or a better selection on Netflix, remember your dark times. Grow from this.
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