I know it’s been awhile. I sit down at a keyboard every day. I am an IT Administrator by trait. Keyboard time is a daily thing. 30 years worth actually. Enough for carpal tunnel surgery for both hands. But enough about me, where is the world going to lately?
You know that new car smell that you get when you go car shopping? The feel of the grand opening of a new store? In the past few months, America reopened slowly a few months ago. You may have missed it. It is what you would have called a soft opening. It wasn’t like, next Tuesday we open up to full capacity. All you have to do is take your shots just like your vitamins and we will let you get back to the reality you knew of for decades.
We have made it to our 4th variant. Delta has made its way to front of the line for COVID. Suddenly our shots don’t matter, our lives don’t matter, and we begin to shut things back down. One day, I was okay to go places without a mask because I received my shots. Now, dependent on the event or place, I will have to return to wearing a mask. The CDC stated that we need to all be wearing masks again. All the while, being told months prior we could come out from behind the shroud.
I have to wonder at what point the government wants to affect the society it is charged with “protecting?” In the past 2 years rules and regulations have caused enormous unemployment. Since so many people became unemployed, we get legislation to almost double unemployment benefits for some states. So, when people began to try to bring people back, you made more by not working than by going back. So, the people still working get overworked for less than the people just sitting home. Laws are passed to keep renters from being evicted, but to my knowledge, nothing done for the owners of those units to pay for their loans.
Things going back to “normal” seems like a pipe dream now. There are too many questions to pose. Does the next variant get called Echo? Are we following the phenetic alphabet? Do we get more shots? Does the government begin the requirement of vaccination to work government positions? Do movie theaters fade off into the distance? More importantly, how much life do we give up to ensure others live while some will never take the shot, which is their choice, but it does create a question of how we proceed in this new environment. I don’t have answers for all of this. Seems like no one else does either.