What’s so Great About an America That's Rich With No Morals?

We’re a few weeks into flattening the curve. We’re already debating whether the cost is too great.

Sports are cancelled. Malls are closed. The hospitality and travel sectors have fallen off a cliff. Yes, this does feel apocalyptic.

But, relax, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is here to save us. His plan? Ask seniors if they’re willing to risk death to stave off the economic upheaval we’re facing right now. Apparently, he is. He told the FOX News Channel’s Tucker Carlson so just yesterday.

And President Trump wants the US economy “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

They’re both over 70 and aren’t ‘living in fear’ of the coronavirus. They’re ready to get back to work.

Aren’t you?

Hold on. Let’s think about this.

Open America for Business? Money vs. Lives

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For some, the promise of a quick reward just proves too much. (Photo Source: Photo by Kuma Kum on Unsplash)

It’s worth risking the lives of those most vulnerable to coronavirus, right?

I mean, if we kill off all of those who are most vulnerable, those are the people who aren’t contributing much to America’s great economic engine anyway. So, it follows that it’s a win-win to just go back to work and take our chances.

The economy will boom back. And coronavirus will run its course that much sooner.

That’s what the argument is anyway: let's flatten the curve until it costs too much money.

That’s not making America great.

That’s just chasing money, Ebenezer Scrooge-style, ignoring the immense regret to follow later.

So, A Higher Shorter-Term Curve Is Better?

We see where President Trump and the Texas Lt. Governor fall. In the end, though, it’s a decision that each one of us faces, whether we’re debating policy and legislation or we’re slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, or not.

Coronavirus Will Cost Us Money, But Maybe Not Our Humanity

The fact is that coronavirus is here. We’ve got community spread. As policymakers debate the balance between humanitarianism and capitalism, maybe we can focus less on how to get back to making money, and more on how to make ourselves a better nation during this pause.

Through the coronavirus crisis, we might see that:

  1. Working from home can save us commuting time — time that can be used to save the environment, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, spend more time with family, be more productive, etc.
  2. We can stop drowning our miseries by buying things, just for the sake of buying and consuming them.
  3. We can stop over-programming our kids and families.
  4. We can eat healthier food, and stop eating so much fast-food junk.
  5. We can keep checking in on the elderly and sick, even after the pandemic is no longer weighing on our consciences.
  6. We can wash our hands and watch our health.
  7. We can spend more time outdoors and with our families.
  8. We can look for more ways to be selfless.
  9. We can see that we are one world, one human race
  10. We can recognize that we’re not here forever so we make our time count.

Conclusion

We all suddenly have more time to think about that.

Writer / Photographer / Linguist / MBA

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