I agree the numbers are tricky, of course a personal loss is sorrowful. But for the 99.9% of people in the US who will be unaffected by this the numbers do mean something, it’s not about a lack of compassion. It’s about the fact that an entire way of life has been changed economically and psychologically, and not for the better. Corona really changed nothing, we could always die from an microbe at any point.
Sweden will seemingly be the test case, where they did not shut down their way of life and we’ll see if herd immunity has a good effect. The fact is, this needs to be a local decision, where individual cities, counties and states determine whether the seeming cure outweighs the disease.
And it’s also a personal decision, I have no problem with anyone who wants to stay home, wear masks, and keep themselves safe. Those who are susceptible should be safe. But what are they saving themselves for? If businesses and economies suffer and general freedoms and privileges are waylaid then what life do we have at the end of this?
The 99 do not and should not suffer for the 1. In Jesus’ parable of the good shepherd, he temporarily leaves the 99 for the sake of the 1, but not at the expense of the 99.
By all accounts this disease seems to be harmful to those who would only have 5 years of life left. It affects the elderly and those with health problems. The fact that entire portions of populations can have the virus WITH NO SYMPTOMS shows that this is beyond the pale.
We’ll certainly learn from this and be wiser. But so far what has been learned is that global gov’ts and nations are entirely incompetent to handle something like this, and the status quo is that personal responsibility falls prey to gov’t oversight, even in America.
What should have happened is that travel from China should have stopped in January, as it was I believe 90,000 people came to the US from China in January and February. So perhaps we’ll learn as Christians theologically that God has appointed nations and gov’ts as protectors of their boundaries, and the reality is when the world tries to act like a global village everyone suffers. Nations have their appointed boundaries so we will all look to God and not think that if humans came together and built a strong tower we could solve all our problems. Genesis 11 and Acts 17