Hard Choices
Ralph Profitt | April 30, 2020

Contrary to some popular songs and myths over the years -- the best -- most needed things in life -- are not free.   Everything costs something in either time, effort, or money.   Consequently, during this present awful pandemic -- there are no doubt dark oracles of power, influence, and control everywhere -- having to feverishly evaluate the worth of both present and future costs and benefits of all goods and services needed to sustain life, safety, and comfort, as we have come to know it.

Obviously, since there are only finite sums of money and resources available -- no matter how vast that may appear -- verses an exponentially seemingly expanding universe of regular needs and abnormal emergency requirements to be met -- difficult normally unacceptable choices and decisions are going to have to be made.   Paramount among these -- is how to maintain the needed sustaining economies that supports all these provisions.   A lot of revaluation will have to be involved -- necessitating needed considerable give and take from everyone.

And here is where the really morbid scenario occurs.
If any given economy fails in meeting its present ongoing obligations and other emergency confrontations -- its direct dependents will immediately suffer the devastating consequences.   So, we rather quickly find ourselves being forced into needed moments of having to hesitatingly think about the emergence of dreaded collateral damage -- deciding how many potentially unintended deaths and painful suffering throughout an entity one can afford to tolerate and endure while trying to save an overall sinking economy as it may presently exist -- that maybe, figuratively, cannot allow itself to crash into bankruptcy and insolvency while attempting to respond to already imploding conditions beyond its control.

It is somewhat akin to a sinking or floundering ship at sea -- there are only so many limited smaller lifeboats available for a larger oversized crowd on board.   During such a melee -- some will be saved -- many will be lost.

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 34:17-18 (NLT)

That is what I think I'm seeing in this current developing emphasis and insistent demand from some to get all major economic systems backup and working.

Knowing full well, realizing, and willing to accept a widening surge of deaths and suffering that can and will occur when we vainly attempt reviving an "old normal" of crowed banded diseased others; into a lethal ravaging pandemic. It is not a pleasant outlook.
A nightmare we wish would go away.
But here we are -- a new painful reality that will either make or break us in the ensuing developments.

Let us hope we choose wisely so that others may someday say -- this too was also our finest hour.


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