-Have you seen the baby? Well…I put him in the walker a few minutes ago. He must be around here somewhere. I better make sure the basement door is closed.
-Wanna play Jarts? Sure, that sounds like fun.
-Are you gonna wear that seatbelt? Hell no, I don’t wanna get trapped if there’s a crash!
These are real things that happened in days gone by. We’ve removed these specific risks from our lives while giving ourselves merit badges for our prudence. By fixing these few specific problems, lives were saved and suffering was averted.
As I write this, there’s a very virulent virus going around that is an existential threat to a lot of people. People we know and love. People we want to protect. People we can’t afford to lose.
I have no idea what is going to happen and I can only hope and pray that we ride out the storm. Maybe our shared sacrifice will bring us closer so that we’re not so easily divided.
Pandemics, like all wars, eventually end. Even the Hundred Years War ended.
When it does, maybe we can use some common sense on other maladies that consistently damage and kill way too many people.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.