Covid does not back down as many viruses have. Our tools to fight disease have never been better or more sophisticated, yet this virus continues to threaten the world’s population. No person on earth is safe from contracting the virus. This is an issue for all. But the virus is just one of many problems here or coming our way.
If this is not enough, we have Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan, and the intentions of North Korea. Adding to that is the misery of much of Central and South America and Let’s not forget Africa or the Middle East.
The endangered environment and its bag of present and near-present issues are probably just noise to many of the world’s population. Taking care of today’s demands is already plenty to worry about. Feeding oneself and family, drinkable water, and breathable air is, or will be, a problem for all humanity. Wealth is no protection. Humans have not found a way to eat silver and gold.
Other issues of the day are not insignificant either. Mass shootings have become more commonplace, including killing people out to enjoy a parade, children in school, people of different color, religion, political views, and sex. Consequently, those who fear future events like these might suffer isolation to avoid placing themselves in harm’s way. Where can any of the people I write of feel safe just being?
We would think and hope we have the tools to identify warped minds, particularly at early ages where treatment is more easily done and success more likely.
In the fifties through the beginning of the seventies, I worked with disturbed youth and achieved changes in their behavior and sociability with most, if not all. I remember two things: I listened to them and gave them tools. Amazing what honesty and caring can do.