Thank you all ladies and gents for reading my Rant , for your comments , confirming my faith in humanity . I fitmily believe that the vast majority of people , not just the US but worldwide are decent human beings who are always willing to make a little sacrifice in an effort to help and protect others .. I many months at various times in a no-entry isolation unit , to protect my wrecked immune system and prevent it overacting to a minor bug . I saw only people in "Space Suits , the refuse from my room was iremoved n big red bags labels with the " hazardous waste" symbol on the bag . I couldn't talk or interact with people or family . The only thing that saved my sanity was the pain shots !! When you get a shot of Demerol etc you can make yourself the interested observer , not a patient and feel a but less terror at your predicament . Those masks , gloves and protective clothing saved my life . Most of the Nurses in that unit had to dress for " Battle" like this every day . I know it's their job and it comes with the territory but the dedication and sheer strength of the women and men who get up every morning and voluntarily enter that realm of head to toe PPE are the genuine heroes . With Covid this PPE world extends for months and now years , some sleeping in motorhomes in their driveway in case thry migh spread infection to their own family . For any rational person wearing a mask and the other precautions would be a very small price to pay to avoid the life threatening scenario above . .My isolation was related to wound infection .. in the past few years many people have lived by the philosophy of You-know-who.., as in " ...if I don't like it I'm not going to do it " and the polar opposite of that stTement . GW B expressed it simply in a way that any spoiled child at the dinner table would understand . " I don't like Broccoli and I'm the President and I won't eat Broccoli " and this extends to situations where some inconvenience to us personally would greatly help someone else . Selfishness is spread like a contageon among like minded people , each new person who screams ... " NO !!" Reinforces that selfish attitude to the point where the good of the community is no longer relevant to some people and What's in it for me ??? Becomes the Mantra . A certain person who used to have power reportedly asked a famous and apparently dedicated military 4 Star General , " I don't get it , they all died , what's in it for them ?? " This statement was made while standing over the grave of the Son of that 4 Star General while visiting Arlington cemetary . This statement epitomizes the attitude of so many people , what's in it for me . The idea that people have to actually be bribed with some type of prize to cajole them into taking a life saving shot of medicine which will probably save their lives is just mind boggling to me ..." what's in it for me ?? " , a free pizza , a lottery ticket etc etc . A childlike selfishness is on display every day in every media and Social media forum . . If the floodwaters are rising rapidly around your community do we go inside and lock our doors because the flood is only consuming the houses on the riverbank and your feet are still dry or do we have the insight to realize that when the river is done with our neighbors it is co.ing for You nd Your loved ones and their homes .. Is it a " Socialist Plot " when someone suggests maybe sandbagging the River Bank and save the whole community . Sometimes collective action and the Social Contract is the only way to survive and get back to a normal life .
Yes i deed , people are at their wits end , the end of their rope etc etc . Kids at home all year driving parents mad , no vacation to break the monotony , fires in the West , floods elsewhere . It is a trying time but the only way to get through times like these is to ignore the people who only want to pour gasoline on the fire and form the good old " bucket parade" and put the fire out . The selfish " what's in it for me brigade " is going to burn everyone's house down .
Now , back to fertilizing the Tomatoes and Strawberries , string beans and sugar snap ....Yummmmm .
Later Baggers . Much love and hugs to all the Osto Crew out there , even the ones who disagree .