When we were kids, doing what kids did back then, getting into all kinds of adventures & mischievous activities, sometimes a serious announcement by higher authorities (a.k.a. parents) had to take place.
The men in my family were excellent communicators. They always got your attention, usually by showing the teeth of the alpha male, upgraded by some 30,000 years of evolution, dentistry & vocabulary. It seldom occurred, so you knew when it happened a special announcement, policy change, etc. would be forthcoming.
Jeez, how times have changed. My late mother, a NC public school teacher for over 35 yrs, called ours “the age of distraction”.
I wonder sometimes …is Coronavirus more than the cynical old Demshevik saying, attributed to the ex-Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, as “never let a good crisis go to waste”? Maybe. But not even the Dems, in their wildest Nanny-State phantasms could have pulled this one off.
No, this one has deeper implications than just getting yelled at as a kid, being grounded as teenagers, or taking back Congress & the White House. Something really big is afoot, as George Carlin might warn. It’s out there and it’s doing its best to cower (or counsel) global governments into “taking action.”
What they’ve done is to shut down society. They got your attention, didn’t they?
It’s what’s behind Door #2, in this Monty Hall-style, global game show of Let’s Make a Deal that piques my interest. One might ask, is the coronavirus [Door #1] the means to get everyone’s attention for some kind of big announcement?
Couldn’t pick a better time. People stay sheltered, mostly with family members or others who can be vouched for, emotions on edge, business & enterprise severely curtailed, no assembly in groups, and [Wow!], we’ll start paying attention to real news vs. real distractions. To repeat: couldn’t pick a better time.
So what might be behind Door #2? (Is there a Door #2?) After all, what seems to be unfolding if Mayor Emanuel is to be believed, is one of the greatest “Now Hear This!” announcement opportunities in human history. Kind of sad to waste that on something frilly, don’t you think?
I cannot say I’m the one who originated this premise, others have. Also, the answer doesn’t have to be dark & sinister; coronavirus itself has a 90+% survivability factor.
If you have an idea here, and can reasonably & succinctly explain it in 100 words or less, contact me. I’m also on Facebook. This also includes any [thoughtful] thing you’d like to see happen, that’s not “magical thinking”. I’d like to hear about it.
Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley. His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. Contact him at email@example.com