i hope you take a few seconds to read to the end
poor georgie’s almanack
Life, science, medicine, the bible, and the sun’s rising … are all based on probability. It is 99 percent probable that the sun will rise in the morning. Based on the way deaths are reported, there is a justifiable probability that Gene Mater was the 200,000th American to have died of the current coronavirus.
One too many. Every one is too many. Every one is special in their own way. Some to family and/or friends. Some to a wider circle. Some to everyone.
Gene was the sum of those “somes.”
His private life was devoted to family. His public life was devoted to the promotion of liberty.
Promotion is too weak a word because he not only talked about it, he built it. He was a key player in the creating of a free press in western Europe, actually setting up newspapers after the fall of the Axis ended WWII. He not only helped find the people who could report truthfully and edit, but the people who could run the presses, and finding a working press among the rubble was not always easy.
He did other things equally important to the post-WWII world. Your world. Our world.
He was a hero.
Of all my dear friends and relatives who have succumbed to the virus, his is the most symbolic because of the timing and number. 200,000 certainly is in the mass murder category.
I blame the microscopic virus for the murder and I blame the human enablers, the accessories to the crime. The deniers. Those who don’t wear masks. Those who don’t distance. Those who show their disdain for anyone but themselves. You played a role in the death of Gene and my other heroes.
You are an accomplice to his murder. An accomplice to all covid murders, no matter how disassociated, you have led yourself to believe that you are super special. You would rather see someone die.
Shame on your lack of caring for your fellow man, woman, and child.