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How Soon People Forget?

Updated on March 16, 2020
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 100,000 views.

Introduction

In the 24/7 news cycle environment, we are bombarded with stuff that tug at our emotions. We don't even have time to process them. It is good to stop and reflect on somethings from our past and look at longer term impacts. In this article, I will try and remind people some recent events.

- March 2020

Background

It was not too long ago that President Obama declared that climate change was the number one existential threat to our nation and our planet.

Al Gore claim that Miami will be under 20 feet of water and snow will be a thing of the past...due to global warming. Declaring the science is settled.

85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has told a foreign TV audience that the Constitution of the United States is “outdated” and inferior to the South African Constitution.

Political commentator George Will declared the 2nd Amendment is obsolete and should be repealed.

President Ronald Reagan said big government is not the solution to our problem, it is the problem.

After 9/11, people gathered in churches seeking solace, we were united for a brief moment...

Summary

I could write about many more but you get my drift. People in general have a short memory. Not that they forget totally, just they moved on to other distractions. We lose sight of the important things in life...family, friendship, health, and faith and God.

It is defining moments like this, coronavirus outbreak, that make us pause and value what we have. The silver lining is a reminder to all of us - what is important. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness...

Peace.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee

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    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      12 months ago from Washington Court House

      Yes, I suppose it does make us reflect on what we do have and what we don't have.

      Not sure if it is a great thing but if it brings out any good in people then maybe it is.

      Thanks for the read.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Carolyn, well noted. Your observation is dead on. As Mark Levin has said, we are living in a post-Constitution era.

    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 

      13 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      Yes, the coronoavirus outbreak is a defining moment.

      We have been defined as a nation who panics, is totally suggestible, follows any nonsense that "everyone" is spreading on social media, and basically lacks the common sense to already be washing our collective hands on a regular basis. I am not disappointed, because I already knew this to be the case. How else do you explain the Kardashians?

      By May or June, the totally folly will settle down, with a few minor blips as we settle back into a new normal.

      Then in November or so, there will be a baby boom, and I predict a crisis about whether or not these babies are somehow "different" because they were conceived during the outbreak.

      In the meantime, I will sip on my green tea, listen to guitar music, and write. Then write some more. I am blessed in that I don't have a "9 to 5" job with a physical address. I will also pray for humanity. There is always hope.

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