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Where Are We Going?
Reading the news is now a courageous act that makes me pose the first of many questions in this month’s blog.
Where are we going?
I can understand the fear of smallpox, AIDS, and Czars, but we have always been able to return to a level of comfort and civility. Since COVID, we have taken the fear surrounding disease and extrapolated it to new levels that encompass every part of society. We now fear that our child will catch being gay, transgender, or even being an immigrant. Our politicians pass laws to protect children from exposure to non-conforming (used unwillingly) persons, and women, or girls, are forced to follow rules that decide what they should do with their bodies.
How did everything become a contagious disease?
We look at our neighbors as though they carry a plaque borne from any one of a thousand choices they made: such judgment, such hatred, and such fear. The extension of this unfounded fear has caused our world to become a violent place. Here in the United States, we can’t go more than two days without hearing about a mass shooting.
Is our future headed for puritanism, the wild west, and unfettered industrialism? Are we saying goodbye to personal rites, gun safety, and ecological protection in one fell swoop?
These are the questions that come to mind.
People who know me will tell you that I am neither far right nor far left but prefer to take each situation individually. I don’t have an answer for any of this. Trust me; if I did, I would be yelling it from every corner of the world. I’m trying my best not to be a contributing factor. Maybe that’s the answer. We all have to stop adding to this growing disease. And there it is! We all don’t have a disease; we may be the disease or at least the agent that spreads it. However, it is hard to sit by, watch what goes on today, and not ask one final question.
As persons and as a society I ask:
Where are we going?
Let me know your thoughts about this blog.
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 7:
Andre’s Café was an unassuming and elegant little spot Oscar had eaten in many times, but not enough for him to be known by name. He arrived early and chose a window table away from the door. The tables had white tablecloths that added a bit of sophistication without reaching snobbish. The room was well lit; Oscar didn’t want it to seem like a date, although in his mind, it was the first of many dates they’d have.
Marissa was ten minutes late and quipped that doctors don’t do well
with staying on time. Oscar greeted her with a pleasant handshake; he was just relieved she showed. He could feel his heart racing as their hands touched. He wondered if there was any chance she felt anything for him. He was keeping it professional. For now.
“We’d like a bottle of the Syrah, please,” Oscar told the waitress as she reached the table. He was being bold and in charge. He figured Marissa would prefer a take-charge kind of guy. Especially in a boss and later on. He thought Dr. Oliver was a woman of power, and Oscar felt he needed to match that power and perhaps exceed it.
“No. Please give us a moment.” Marissa spoke directly to the waitress, bypassing any looks from her future boss.
“Is there a problem? Do you not like red wine?” Oscar’s inquisitive but puzzled look hid the terror that now consumed him.
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