Please believe. Please.
If you don’t believe, I’m talking to you.
I’m not trying to argue with you, just hoping my words might make a difference.
If you don’t believe, I’m asking you to consider believing, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Nobody wanted this to happen, and certainly nobody asked for it.
But people are dying, every minute.
Ignoring this is the easy.
Denying it requires no effort. None.
Consideration of facts can be challenging. It takes work to accept that difficult circumstances and unthinkable tragedy might be real.
It takes thought, and even some fortitude to do what’s necessary, not just what’s best for ourselves and those we know, but especially for the many many more people we don’t know.
We are all interconnected.
Ignoring or denying facts won’t make them go away. It may actually keep them here longer. Ignoring and denying will make things worse.
It’s already made things worse. Irony.
So why am I asking you to listen to me, when I know as I write this you probably won’t…? You might even be mocking me or rolling your eyes.
Because I’m just asking, and I’m asking sincerely — with the best of intentions, just to be heard.
My father gave me a lot of tools to use in constructing a life for myself. The best tool he gave me, and the one I get the most use out of, is the bullshit detector. I can smell agenda, false narratives, and manipulation of facts before they come around the corner.
Like millions of others, I’ll spend the holidays mostly alone. I won’t be with my daughter and her mother at Christmas, and our holiday tradition of our daughter making Pastitsio for dinner will be postponed. Not robbed, not stolen, and not taken away from us, but postponed.
Postponed is a small price.
I’m disappointed with all of this — I’m disappointed with the loneliness, the loss of life, the inconveniences, and even the lost income, but I’m not mad. And do you know who I blame…? Nobody.
I blame nobody.
I don’t believe it’s a hoax, this pandemic. I don’t believe that deaths are exaggerated, and I don’t believe any conspiracy theories, however convenient they might be.
I believe that masks do work, especially when used properly.
I believe that being as distant as possible from those proximate to us, especially when indoors, also works.
I don’t believe this should be a political discussion, or a conversation that comes loaded with judgment before it even begins.
I do believe in mass hysteria — I do, but I don’t think it’s possible at this scale. No way. There are too many circuit breakers along the way. Claiming “mass hysteria” is the first evolutionary step in transforming one’s self into a denier.
I believe in the incredible science behind vaccines, and in the safety of them. I will take one without thinking twice. Without vaccines, the world we live in — the very structure of our societies, would be corroded and weaker.
Please believe. Please.
If you don’t currently believe, please consider believing — or trying to believe. I’ll genuinely appreciate that.
If you don’t believe, and you took time to read this anyway, thank you.
This is what I think about when I ride… Jhciacb
This week by the numbers…
Bikes Ridden: 6
Mph Avg: 15.9
Seat Time: 11 hours 12 minutes
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