I read Heather Cox Richardson each day as she gives a summary of the political events. She ends her column from yesterday with this:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a voice of calm reason in this crisis, is not on board with Trump’s increasing flirtation with the idea that the country can abandon its isolation policies after fifteen days. Fauci was not at today’s press briefing, and while Trump brushed off his absence, there were signs today that he might be on his way out of his prominent role in combatting the coronavirus. Fauci has advised every president since Ronald Reagan and brings much credibility to Trump’s team, but he has corrected the president repeatedly in public, and his insistence that the coronavirus is more dangerous than Trump says is increasingly unwelcome.
In all my reading today, one thing jumped out. In an interview, Dr. Fauci pointed out that every president he has served, starting in 1984 with Ronald Reagan, has had to deal with epidemic disease: Zika, AIDS, SARS, Ebola, H1N1, MERS. Some have handled their crises better than others, but after Reagan botched the AIDS crisis, they have always prioritized public health so effectively that most of us have had the luxury of forgetting that we live under these grave threats.
Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist said we know when civilization developed when we come across a broken femur that’s healed. It shows people took care of the members of their tribe, did not leave them behind even when they might have been perceived as a burden.
Right now, I’m inundated with beautiful and healing meditations. Communities are coming together for the health of us all, because as civilized individuals, we must stand together, and yes, “shelter in place” as “artists-in-residence,” knowing we’re in this together, with support for all.
I thought I’d shared this wonderful poem by Kristen Flyntz but I looked back through and I hadn’t. The virus has something to say. Sheltered in place for the good of all, we stop and listen. The video is no longer available but there is a discussion and the words here: