I must say that I get a TON of people emailing me and calling me with stuff on the Coronavirus. There is a vast movement afoot out there that this is a sign from God. Frankly, I’m not going to give an opinion on that one way or the other…that’s for you and your pastor to decide, not me. But some of the things that I’ve heard are pretty amazing!
The first thing to hit was that this seems to be hitting liberals more than conservatives. I’m not too sure about that one. But then when I look at the “Sick Map”, I see that by George, there IS something to it. Look at the places that have been hit the hardest. Remember, Washington State, and California were the first to really get hit. Now there are hotspots in New York City, where it appears to be the “epicenter”; New Orleans is one of the latest, Detroit, long a liberal bastion; and Chicago, an uber-left wing city.
Now, having said that there are also reasons for it happening to those cities that have nothing to do with political views. Those happen to be some of the larger cities in the country, where people have a tendency to either party a lot (like New Orleans), or spend a lot of time in closer proximity (Chicago, New York, and Detroit).
One of the hardest-hit industries is in the entertainment industry. You’re seeing musical acts doing concerts from their home on the internet. TV and movie actors are at a loss. You can’t make a movie with just 10 people on a set! It requires a LOT more than that. And my wife and I have noticed that we’re getting the season-ending finales on TV programs about a month and a half earlier than we’re used to. It’s because the TV folks are just pulling the plug on producing new episodes.
One of the other reasons it may be hitting the larger, more liberal spots is because liberals aren’t as likely to accept anything coming out of the Trump administration. They’re more likely than the conservative cities to pooh-pooh the advice coming from Washington, thinking that this is all political, and a way to control them, or suppress voters, or some such nonsense. That, in my humble opinion is just a bunch of pig slop.
What I find interesting is all of the neigh-sayers that are coming our with their predictions of doom and gloom right now. You’ve got people saying we will all be wearing masks from now on. They say that we will never go back to not practicing “social distancing”…it’s a way of the future. They add that jobs will never recover, and the economy will never be as good as it was (sounds like an Obama prediction, doesn’t it?)
Now, with all of that said, I DO see some changes coming to our ways of life. I’ve already outlined some of them in previous iterations. I don’t think we’re going to be going to the movies much anymore. The internet is a much easier way to watch films. Oh, you have to pop your own popcorn, but is it really worth $8 to eat “movie popcorn”? I can also see some businesses changing forever. I would suggest the cruise line industry is going to be hurt for a very long period of time. Airlines will be slow to recover as well. I just read where American Airlines is pretty much giving up on international travel for the foreseeable future. And, if we’re not traveling as much, or driving as much, we don’t need new cars, and we certainly aren’t filling those cars up with gas as much. Gasoline is going for 99 cents a gallon in some places! Not our here, mind you, but we’re down about 50 cents a gallon from where we were before March.
And, I could very possibly see in us becoming more of a police state, and losing some critical freedoms. Let’s face it, the “we’re all in this together” sounds an awful lot like “It takes a village”, doesn’t it? Personal freedoms usually are lost when it comes to doing good for the common good. And I’m not saying in the short term that we couldn’t do that, but what’s it going to be like in the long term? Is there any guarantee that we’d go back to exactly the way it was last year? Or are we going to somehow lose some of our freedoms? That has started to bother some people.
Wherever you’re from, whatever your political persuasion, COVID-19 is going to change your life. For how long, and how much is only speculation at this point. But we are certainly living through interesting times, aren’t we?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed….and stay safe!