Carrying On, with Empathy

Carrying On, with Empathy
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” — Anonymous If you’re like a lot of people, the COVID-19 pandemic is the first thing that comes to mind when you awaken, and possibly the last penetrating thought before bedtime. Though we tire of its bad news, we can’t turn away. Like a train wreck, or a terrible accident that slows traffic on the interstate, it’s upsetting but we have to look. Experts keep us informed as to the number of people taken ill and resulting deaths, the lack of hospital beds, and the unimaginable scenarios that continue to feed panic.

The numbers represent us

We tend to forget that demographics represent people. The statistics and numbers associated with illness, death, and — might I also include, selfishness — represent us. What is our thought process regarding the masses of individuals who are statistically represented by illness, death, compromised immune systems, and hoarding? Which scenario do you and I identify with? We may not have tested positive for COVID-19 or have a condition that falls within the demographic of people more likely to contract it, but our view of those individuals and circumstances speaks to our empathy, or lack thereof. How are we driven by the information we receive?

Perception drives behavior

Americans are spoiled. Don’t misunderstand. I am grateful and proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. However, for those who may not get out that much, it could be a blessing that drives misperception. We’re used to walking into overstocked grocery stores and pulling what we need or don’t
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