I’ve been self-isolating since April 2nd. No, I am not feeling sick, not running a fever, have none of the symptoms but I am 65 years old with high blood pressure and asthma. I’m in the cross hairs of this virus and I need to stay clear of it. I have ventured out of the house to go on a bike ride, walk the dog, go food shopping once (in & out quick) and yes, I had to go to an Urgent Care facility to check on my blood pressure, may have go again soon, but overall, I am staying home, alone. It’s eerie in a way but familiar in other ways.
The first Letter to the Editor that I ever wrote was published in a local paper back in the early 70’s. I was concerned about the rolling back of so-called Blue Laws that prohibited the openings of many retailers. In short, it was one day a week when we agreed to Shut Down the Economy and Focus on Each Other. It was a day when we could plan birthday parties, reunions, social gatherings with the knowledge that very few of us were working and we could all get together. It was also one day a week where most of us could count on as a day of rest from the rat race of production and consumption. Those were good times.
My letter fell on deaf ears and in short time, everything was open everyday, some 24 hours a day. The economy had become more important than the social unit.
It used to be normal to have a day when we focused on ourselves instead of the economy. Today, many are alarmed, outraged, in full panic because we are taking time once again to focus on ourselves, instead of the economy.
The billionaires are worried that we are not working enough, not buying enough, which tells me that we are the ones that created the billionaires. We are the ones who support the billionaires, and now the billionaires are worried for their survival.
Even our president, a willing tool of the billionaires, is more anxious about opening the economy and pleasing the billionaires then he is with our own well being and social networks.
I hope we come out of this on the other side with the knowledge that our economy is not more important that we are, at least when that economy is one that starves us, drives us to work each day, only to support the billionaires.
Maybe we ought to look again at those Blue Laws?