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How do you say goodbye?

How do you say goodbye to people that you don’t know are leaving you, forever? It is a question that popped into mind after learning that two young people that I knew, a wife and her husband, had passed away from being stricken with the virus, within a couple of weeks of each other. They were both vaccinated, and they left a teenage daughter behind. I did not know them well, but they were close friends to people who are very dear, very important to me. How does one make sense of such loss? You can’t blame God or the Devil; they have nothing to do with it. I don’t think that Mother Nature can choose, but I think sometimes we just randomly fall into her bosom, permanently. We have to start caring more, showing more love to those who are important to us, to our neighbors and friends, not only because of the unpredictability of life right now, but in general. Death does not respect age or station, it just comes at the wrong time sometimes, as in this case. There’s nothing normal about any of this; it’s cruel and unexplainable.

We have seen the intransigence shown by some politicians, the media, and others in positions of authority. They, who know better, some are even vaccinated, but they encourage others not to get the vaccine, or are silent on the matter, for their own personal benefit. That is unacceptable, and they should be held in contempt, and with scorn, for such abhorrent behavior. Listen, I understand if you don’t want to protect yourself, for whatever personal reason; I understand this, but keep your opinions to yourself! Don’t be responsible for the death of others because of your misguided, selfish, reprehensible agenda!

I will not leave this issue alone, as long as this virus rages on, unabated! Those of you, who choose not to be vaccinated, stay away from us; you are like lepers, unclean. Don’t get vaccinated, but quarantine yourselves, and let the rest of us enjoy the right to be happy and free and prosper in this new world. Why should anyone want to vary from the kindly race of men, as the poet asks? You are the reason this virus won’t go away; if you can’t see that, then there’s no hope. Don’t get vaccinated: live free and die hard!

In the meantime, we must grieve for these innocent lives, and all the others whom this plague so unforgivingly has taken. We can be mad at the world, mad at nature, but as they say, life goes on. How we live it is up to us.


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