I guess you could just freak out over all the insanity erupting from this coronavirus pandemic, or you could simply take it all in with old fashioned values, hard work, inside serenity and an unyielding faith that God will get us all through it.
But first, some real world background. As I have emphasized in these chronicles, upstate New York and metro New York City are worlds apart. For too long, residents of both have demanded a severance as those in West Virginia did when it seceded from Virginia in 1863 (due to a moral dispute over slavery).
And there is good cause for our state to do the same today. Upstate is highly rural, small city and mountainous with the largest state park in the lower 48 states. Downstate is the polar opposite with dense population, skyscrapers and liberal views, typically lamenting that it carries upstate economically.
Of course, it is unlikely that Lower New York and Upper New York states will emerge any time soon, but we remain burdened by a governor of both who defies a serious conflict of interest in his handling of this pandemic. After opening the infection floodgates from the world to lower New York, he learned no lessons. For weeks now, he has been doing the same to upstate.
In the midst of all this chaos, a tiny state of agrarian people known as the Amish have been going about their own business as they have for centuries. The above photos and two-second videos were taken only ten miles from my home and 250 miles from the epicenter. Only weeks ago, there were no confirmed cases here.
The unshaken faith and practices of these people caused the Supreme Court to allow home schooling, rejecting a state power challenge based on tradition and religious tolerance, see Yoder v Wisconsin, 406 US 205 (1972)(a ruling that Hillary Clinton unsuccessfully sought to have overruled during the 1990s).
It should be no surprise then that the Amish have found a home in upstate New York where they could never in Central Park. Self-sufficient and oblivious to the glitz and greed of the epicenter, they have maintained a peaceful co-existence with our world mobile society.
That sort of faith in a higher power influenced me once again to flip open the Bible to a random page on this Good Friday observance. I was looking to get another perspective of this virus. We have had such plagues among us since the beginning of humanity, but this one was recklessly invading our world powers all at once.
Epidemiologists have found that viruses in particular are not even living things. So what really are they, some kind of evil spirit, a rambling parasite, a microbe that is superior to its predecessors such as flu, SARS or H1N1? To be sure, AIDS was heralded early on as a warning against unnatural sex. If so, that has only gotten worse.
Could it be then that this virus, originating in a Godless nation, represents a condemnation of all evil escalating world-wide? Even without religion, can we ignore what we do know about this one, our uncertain defenses of cleanliness, distancing and immune system strength?
Can we prevail long term against a virus with mutation resistance to vaccines and drugs (several strains already), a virus predicted to return in later waves of infection? For what it is worth, here is what I found:
The Return of the Unclean Spirit
When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first. Thus it will be with this evil generation.
I could never really make out what this passage was all about. After all, it was authored nearly 2,000 years ago, someone who may have known about plagues but was no epidemiologist. But take a look at how a modern day expert describes this virus in plain terms.
According to Johns Hopkins virologist Andrew Pekosz, “these virus particles are a ‘destructive burglar.’ They break into your homes, eat your food, use your furniture and have 10,000 babies. And then they leave the place trashed.”
So let us focus on the things we can control and stop this burglar in its place. Your families, children and future generations depend on it. You can help by signing and sharing our petition to prevent viral spread and the crime it brings using the link below:
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