The current societal crisis in America, highlighted by the large scale protests in most major cities (and some small towns) has pushed the COVID-19 pandemic off the front page of our mind. But let’s not forget — it still is out there. And it continues to ravage society unevenly, and unjustly. I suppose we can all think and focus on one thing at a time — maybe because we have only so much emotional capacity to deal with the harsh realities of life. 

Who knows where we will be in a few weeks when basketball resumes, or baseball is on television, and life returns to our malls and shopping areas? Will we have the emotional wherewithal to deal with the virus, its impact?

With enough distractions, will society continue to care about racial injustices and inequalities in our cities? Will we have the energy to keep fighting for change? Or will we do what we do best — move on to the next news cycle, reducing everything to a forgotten headline, a meme that goes away, a hashtag blurred. And no change to the status quo.

June 4, 2020. San Francisco

Why don’t we listen

Another sleepless night. The events of recent days and the agony of being forced indoors by the pandemic are having a cumulative effect on my emotions. I am treading water through waves of sadness, anger, frustration, and most importantly, shame. Shame on me for being so involved in my own petty little problems to not … Continue reading Why don’t we listen

Leave Facebook

One vote doesn’t seem like much. On its own, it hardly matters at all. But if you think of yourself as part of something bigger — America, let’s say — then that one vote can make a difference. Many votes together can change the course of history. If you don’t make good use of your … Continue reading Leave Facebook

Sadness

There are days when outside events start to influence your productivity and mental health. The growing discord in our society, the tone-deaf nature of our leaders, and the sheer magnitude of death that is sweeping the planet got the better of me Friday, which is usually when I start to write down my big newsletter. … Continue reading Sadness