Looking forward from these troubling times

COVID-19 is as much an opportunity as a threat, if we envision where we can emerge from this pandemic. Our slowed pace of life enables us to plan how we re-establish the “unalienable Rights … of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” by granting dignity, justice and access to equal opportunity to all.

Christ’s message “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” needs to move into business and government, which can occur if we elect honest leaders. CEOs and elected officials will always have power, and opportunity to abuse power, which is why they must be held accountable and committed to shrinking the “dark web”.

“Predatory advertising” will shame us into buying the hippest (or hyped) accessory while business systems struggle to recreate their markets and food banks scrounge to feed the needy. Displaced workers will re-educate (given opportunity) as new technologies replace previously needed skill sets. Some service provider wages will plunge and higher management will grovel for continued six-plus digits, forgetting their lessons from Sunday School.

Alternatively, we could recognize that family time, whether personal or Zoomed, is the greatest gift we rarely ask for. Travel less and learn more by absorbing stories of perseverance. Grow a garden and teach children self-sufficiency. We’ll live lighter on a planet already stressed by too many people burning too much fuel to obtain too much stuff we don’t need. While living lighter, we can help our neighbors, a displaced worker, or a homeless woman with family. We can become the planet’s greatest nation if we choose giving back, and leaders who also give, as a national behavior.

Published by Ann Heitland

Ann Heitland is a writer, living in Flagstaff, AZ. She's also a golfer, ex-lawyer, retired real estate broker, and active Democrat.