This column is republished from July 16, 2019. It seems timely to republish it at this time.
I don't know about the rest of you, but the 4th of July just about "done me in." I did a whole bunch of dumb things throughout the day including failure to recognize one of my cousins and locking my self out of Ole Blue.
Discovering that you have different beliefs than family and friends can be uncomfortable. If you’re like me, you may have some people you’ve known your whole life and have respected, perhaps you’ve attended church together, and now you find that their political beliefs are at odds with what you believe. If not handled correctly, this can lead to a chasm between you or a break in a relationship.
Well, tomorrow is the big day. Remember, if you want to live to see the 6th, your chances will be much better if you don't drink a 5th on the 4th.
To be in a relationship you have to have trust for it to work. Even a relationship with your community. Today more people mistrust professionals who have spent their lives learning within their field; scientists, teachers, doctors, than ever before. I grew up believing and was taught that there is something to be said for experience and knowledge. Now we have a virus that is making people we know and live among very ill in some cases. It has killed three. I have to wonder, do those who run a false narrative in their heads to justify not wearing a mask or social distance themselves, really believe that those who have passed or succumbed to the virus are a part of a worldwide hoax? Just how close does COVID-19 have to get to believe it’s real? How close before people are not willing to risk lives?