How many periods in history, has the entire world´s population experienced the exact same thing at the exact same time?
¨Never before!¨ is the answer to that innocent question. How can it be happening now? It defies all expectation and such a reality could never have been forced upon us by any dictator´s command or intention.
And how could it be conceived that our failure to respond and conform could very well lead to a sudden and inevitable death? Ours and others! Such a practice would be eliminated swiftly and made criminal in the future.
- Failure to wear a facemask!
- Failure to carefully wash your hands…frequently!
- Failure to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing!
Yet, these three deadly sins could cause sickness and/or death to your own family members and people throughout your township right now. No matter where you might be on the planet! Coronavirus, or Covid 19, is a universal, planetary danger that just flew in from unknown parts of the cosmos to surround Planet Earth in an oh, so moderate form: an invisible saliva spray! Earthlings have always exchanged saliva rather freely. Voluntarily, or not! In crowds or couples! Harshly, or familiarly!
In whatever language…. no problemo! Parties, bars, ballgames, restaurants! Wherever people have fun!
Or, what about this? What cheaper a time to go to war? Countries could just send unarmed soldiers out to breathe in each other´s faces. No need for ammunition. Except, that then, they risk friendships forming and there goes the aggression idea, right there. How many wars have failed to materialize simply because the G.I.s of both sides shared a campfire on a cold night? Separation is the only way to fan the fear and foreboding.
Why, in this new Covid thing, the aerosol spit factor would even seem to be much less dangerous than the other, well-known Black Plague Spreader: the common Black Fly! At the moment, my kitchen is hosting at least six of these wily pests, which are surviving my attempted flyswatting and bug-spray-elimination techniques. At least, flies are not likely to kill me within the next so-many hours. I can´t stand to live with them! They make my skin creep! Life is not acceptable with even one big, black fly spreading its invisible filth around. But, death? To me? Not that likely. We don´t panic in their presence and we try not to make utter fools of ourselves when trying to accurately wield our little bright blue, plastic fly swatter.
And yet, we could die in our sleep…. or cause someone else to…… simply by failing to mask in public! What is this world coming to?
And that, in my opinion, is the great and puzzling Conundrum of the Twentieth Century! We expected ¨something¨ to happen at The Millennium, for sure! And when it didn´t materialize, well, we knew it really would come about in 2012, didn´t we? Didn´t happen then, either.
At last! Here it is, in late 2020! Spectacular? Gargantuan? Ummmm, nope!
But, this? Covid 19? Can’t it count into the Twenties, for goodness sakes! Understated! Coming in on a whisper! A masked whisper, at that! It´s even LESS than a Black Fly Plague!
How´s that gonna look onstage? Julius Caesar going to battle against a sneeze? Not hardly!