In the past I haven’t done posts like this, but during this pandemic I keep asking myself does a human being have a dollar value?
During these times it is hard not to get a little depressed. We are living through an extraordinary time and we need to be up to the task ahead to get through, but I am constantly seeing the failing of that.
We keep hearing things like ”Coronavirus is a hoax” or “what about my rights”. It all seems to be about the individual or business, and not about society collectively.
The question I keep asking myself is how much is a human life worth?
According to these people who don’t think we should do everything we can to make it safe for everyone a human life is not worth as much as their rights or freedoms. Businesses should be allowed to open regardless of the cost to those who could die.
The world has seen many pandemics in the past and I have to say I am grateful that we have the modern technologies that are allowing us to get through this far better than we did in previous ones. However, the main difference seems to be that people think they have more rights now or something. Places like Facebook give them a platform to find others that give them the courage, if you could use that word, to decide that they don’t need to tow the line.
If we don’t work together we won’t get through this with minimal deaths.
One of the biggest problems I see is how our leaders are all fighting with one another. The different political parties, the federal government against the states. The federal government keeps saying that health is a matter for the states. Okay so if it is then why criticise how the states are handling it?
Our Prime Minister has done nothing to bring the people of Australia together. He is good at saying one thing and doing another. One thing I think he is failing at is bringing people together, to help us feel like we are all in this together. That we all have to do our best to help get through this.
Instead, he wants to push our Premier into opening up the state earlier. He did this after the first time and when our state leader did that, look at what happened, we ended up in a second wave. There were other factors, but you can’t help wondering if that wasn’t part of the problem.
This isn’t easy, and I feel for the people who may lose their businesses and for those who have lost their jobs, but how many more will be lost if we ignore the experts? A third wave would be devasting, so we need to pull together and do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. The economy will recover. It may take time and it will, no doubts, look very different, but history shows us it will happen.
Lives or Money
Really this is what it comes down to. How much is a human being’s life worth?
Is it worth getting the economy going again in spite of many people dying?
I don’t know about you, but I would rather deal with less death.
Here is an article that looks at the Spanish Flu in Australia, Centenary of Spanish flu pandemic in Australia. There are a lot of similarities.
So after that perhaps something a little lighter.
From The Woman’s Book
To end this post I thought I might give you another quote from The Woman’s Book, Contains Everything a Woman Ought to Know, apparently.
I found this gem and thought you might like it too. Remember this book was published in 1911 and it all about the woman’s role in the home.
The Duty of Cheerfulness:-
Cheerfulness is one of the most valuable of possessions; it is really the sunshine of life, the promoter of health and happiness. To be able to keep up the spirits of those around us not only adds to the brightness of the home, but helps to make all duties comparatively light and easy. It is a woman’s duty to make the life of the home as happy and gay as possible, and however depressed she may sometimes feel she ought to struggle again the feeling and not damp the spirits of those around her.
No one can be more trying than the person who continually gives way to low spirits, going about with a martyr-like expression, and making a habit of airing her grievances at every meal or family gathering. Such a person is a constant source of irritation to the other members of the household.
I’m not going to lie, thank goodness times have changed in that regard. What do you think?
I’m including photos today from my city. A place I look forward to getting out and taking photos of once again when we get through this pandemic.