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The Pandemic Mountain Range Analogy



I’m reinfected 2 years almost to-the-day, and while I made this to distract myself from my body, I also made it because this simple message has been lost on a species misguided. While I’m not religious (I deeply believe in a higher power and find truth in many religions), humans notoriously put religion first, and the hypocrisy of that reality meeting our handling of this pandemic -still thriving globally- is dizzying, and that’s not my symptoms talking. While this post marks a hiatus for myself so that I can heal (& hopefully not see worsened #LongCOVID), below are quotes from various religions speaking to what I hope would break down the walls of hypocrisy existing in many: 1 John 3:17 (#christianity): “But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?” Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (#judaism): “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you left Egypt, for they surprised you on the way, and they hit from your rear all the vulnerable who were behind you.” The text concludes with the exhortation to “blot out the memory of Amalek from underneath the heavens — do not forget!” (For an analysis of this verse, see: https://forward.com/opinion/441172/coronavirus-is-our-amalek-the-torahs-lesson-is-clear-protect-the/?gamp) Quran 5:2 (#islam): “Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness. And do not assist each other in acts of sinfulness and transgression.” The Gift-Offering of the True Dhamma (Buddhist medical literature)(#buddhism): “Nursing the sick was much praised by the Great Compassionate One and is it a wonder that he would do so? For the Sage sees the welfare of others as his own and thus that he should act as a benefactor is no surprise. This is why attending to the sick has been praised by the Buddha. One practicing great virtue should have loving concern for others.” The concept of #sewa (#hinduism): “Selfless act that aims to protect, help, and provide for underpriviledged human beings and animals. A service that is performed without hopes of reciprocation, monetary benefits, or awards.” All speak to the #GoldenRule: might we practice what we preach? #WearAMask