It’s not the situation dummy…

“It’s not the situation… it’s your reaction to the situation.” Bob Conklin

I am fighting the impulse to write anything else about our overthrown cult leader. He has amply demonstrated that he is a “superbrat” incapable to control his worst impulses, and bite my tongue, I won’t say another word about it. I just shudder thinking that this was the man who for 4 long years was at the helm of a nuclear-armed country.

Instead, I will turn my attention to something that concerns us all… The Covid-19 vaccines. Manna from Heaven we are told. They are suddenly popping up like mushrooms after the rain and everybody is eagerly awaiting their distribution. But when are we going to get them? Before Christmas? I doubt it.

Lately, Santa Claus has been extremely busy, but I have the feeling that in this crisis, he is a tad overwhelmed. His transportation fleet is obsolete, and he needs to modernize it. My spies are telling me though that he has been in touch with Jeff who has promised to help. How? I don’t know, but as an Amazon Prime customer, I know how efficient they are, and I totally trust that outfit.

But does it mean that after I get my shot, I am suddenly immune and free to kiss anybody? I trust science but I don’t think that I would be that bold. I might not smooch anybody for at least another year… And how long would that immunity last? And if you have been tested positive, will that injection help? I also understand that both Pfizer and Moderna require a second shot… This whole thing is not as easy as it sounds…

The powers that be are not helpful. They diddle with the problem… Power is like a drug… It is difficult to let go of cold turkey and when you do, you often experience severe withdrawal symptoms as witnessed in Washington today. Letting go requires uncommon willpower, and few people have the backbone to do this successfully.

At the end of WWII, after Germany had been defeated, the losers wisely cooperated with the Allies… They understood that this was the only way to go back to normal as quickly as possible. But it seems that this lesson has been spectacularly wasted on some…

“It’s not the situation… it’s your reaction to the situation.”

A general is in charge of the vaccine’s distribution. It is both good and bad. Good because he has authority over a vast number of people, but bad because some generals have been known to be mule-headed. If he falters in any way, he has to be flexible enough to recognize it and immediately change course. Some generals are not programmed to do so.

In the meantime, don’t let your guard down. Thanksgiving or Christmas family gatherings are not compulsory. It is better to stay home and celebrate the holidays with your pet, rather than endangering more lives for a few brief moments of felicity.

“He that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; but he that is in battle slain, will never rise to fight again.” Tacitus

Alain

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