When Trump was asked whether he took responsibility for the disaster regarding the coronavirus because he got rid of the pandemic team in 2018, he responded, “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
According to dictionary.com, the definition of responsibility is “the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management”.
Isn’t that the definition of the job of the president, being “answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management?
President Truman had a thirteen-inch sign on his Oval Office desk, “The buck stops here.” He understood that the president has to make decisions and then take responsibility for those decisions.
We, as organisms, respond to stimulus. We expand or contract, in love or fear, in desire to explore, or need to protect. We live in connection on a planet where we share the ongoing cycles of water and air. Our hearts beat together. Like the waves in the ocean, we are one.
For those at home, this is a pause, a pause to reflect on what really matters. My son says his boss told them this is a time to be with family, and yet, right now, in honoring self-quarantining, we connect by phone, not in person, and maybe that connects with knowing enough, and recognizing ever more clearly the oneness we are.