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COVID-19 is not discriminatory

What goes around comes around.

You reap what you sow.

Actions dictate consequences.

Chickens come home to roost.

       

Having observed this karmic balancing throughout millennia, mankind has developed many ways of saying the same thing. As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

These cautionary axioms continue to resonate because humans have never quit plowing through stop signs of common sense and self-awareness. They did it when man was first learning to make fire and it continues on a grand scale today.

The reckoning usually arrives post-blunder as a sort of Monday morning quarterbacking. While the perpetrator may be blind to the bachi (bad karma) they brought upon themselves, others understand every man is an architect of his own fortune.

Sometimes the debacle catches observers by surprise. Cause and effect must be dissected before it is determined that fate has held sway. In other instances, the offender has been ignoring stop signs for so long, it comes as a surprise to no one.

That is how the news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19 felt. The utter disregard the Trumps and their White House have shown for safety measures like wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large crowds seemed to make it a foregone conclusion.

By choosing pomp and circumstance over the advice of scientists and medical experts, they have put their lives and the lives of many others in danger. Top levels of our government, as well as our country’s national security, have been jeopardized.

The coronavirus does not understand political affiliation, ethnicity, bank balance or title. It is a microscopic particle spread by respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

It doesn’t think. It doesn’t propel or replicate itself. It just waits for an opportunity to enter a host’s respiratory system and start invading cells to turn those cells into virus-making factories.

Having never experienced this newly discovered novel coronavirus, mankind does not have immunity. If someone has the misfortune of interacting closely over an extended period with a host whose virus factories are working overtime, wishing and denying will be no help. The bread always falls on the buttered side.

As much as we wish the president could learn from this health challenge he now shares with more than one million other Americans, he refuses to show empathy. Despite the fact that more than 211,000 in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, he continues to minimize its threat.

That he appears to put his political brand over the health of his family, staff, associates and loyal supporters may be mind boggling, but is no reason to wish he and the First Lady anything but a speedy recovery. To do otherwise would only be tempting fate.

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

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