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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:35 PM

"A Virus Does Not Care" - An excellent recitation

(Please read the whole blog post. It is very powerful.)

A virus does not care. A virus simply wants to reproduce, and for that it needs a host. A virus does not care about who that host is. A virus just wants a place to live, eat, and reproduce. A virus does not care if it makes the host sick. A virus does not care if it kills the host. This is the First Rule of Viruses: A virus does not care.

But people care, and they care about lots of things, and thatís where things got worse. People care about their status. People care about their businesses and their livelihoods. People care about parades the celebrate the end of a long and ugly war. People care about gathering in the corner bar with their friends, and playing sports in the local parks. People care about staying safe when danger threatens. People care about singing and dancing and enjoying life. People care about a million and one things, but a virus does not care about any of those things.

A virus does not care.

A virus does not care if it is a beautiful time. A virus does not care if it is a great day. A virus does not care what you think. A virus does not care what you love.
We can choose how we respond to an uncaring virus. We can choose like St. Louis did, or we can choose like Philadelphia. And for far too many people, my friends, that is a choice between life and death. And in 1918, even St. Louis didnít get it completely right:

The quarantine was temporarily lifted Nov. 18 but reinstated when the flu roared back in December. By Dec. 10 the flu peaked in the city with 60 deaths in one day. After illnesses declined sharply, the quarantine was lifted just after Christmas.

Iím a pastor. Iíd love to see my church packed to the rafters on Easter. Iíd love to hear the trumpets leading a 1000 voices in grand hymns of celebration. But thatís not going to happen, because while a virus does not care, I do.

Weíre going to be closed this year. Not because we want to be. Not because we lack faith. Not because we donít care about worship. Not because weíre giving in to the virus. Itís because we care about ourselves and our community so much that weíll give up this kind of gathering to defeat the virus. Anything less than a full community commitment to a choice like that, and the virus will not be slowed, because the virus does not care.

I pray that more local leaders, state leaders, and national leaders choose wisely, even as Trump seems determined to choose . . . poorly.

I pray this, because I know the First Rule of Viruses: a virus does not care.

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Dale Neiburg Mar 2020 #1

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:49 PM

1. Trouble is...

Neither does Trump.

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