Altruism vs. capitalism during COVID-19
Altruism verses capitalism. This is what the country has been facing for the last few weeks. Not since the Great Depression has it had such a great assault to the capitalistic way of life of this country. The economy was going well, according to the statistics. Then, out of the blue, everyone’s way of life changed, being told that many will have to sacrifice their income for the good of the general population. The current way of life was to change drastically. People stopped leaving their homes unless they were essential workers, stopped visiting loved ones in nursing homes, and, hardest of all, they took their sick love ones to the hospital, leaving them at ERs’ doors, not knowing if they would ever see them alive again. Everyone was in shock but mostly complied.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Then the truly altruistic part of the population began to emerge. The medical community, law officers, fire departments, trash haulers, grocery workers, delivery workers and food processors all risk their lives for the good of the whole. The rest stayed home and followed the rules without complaining; working from home, home schooling, and going out and shopping for those highest at risk. They donated what they could to charities, made and delivered meals to the homeless, made calls checking on those living alone. People got out sewing machines and started making masks. Religious folks started praying and kept praying. The good in a large percentage of the population came in view, and as a country, we have a lot of reasons to be proud.
Unfortunately, the “me and mine” population also emerged and began hoarding TP, paper towels, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, beef and chicken. Many people felt they needed to buy more guns and ammo. All the hoarding caused many to shake their heads, asking themselves why people felt all this was necessary, doing it with no regard to the needs of others.
It didn’t take long for many of the same people to start protesting that their freedoms were being taken away from them. They thumbed their noses at social distancing and wearing masks. They didn’t care what the scientists and doctors said. They demanded the country be opened up. The country has had, for the most part, great leadership from the governors and local leaders. But unfortunately, federal leadership has not been as strong as the country has needed, sending mixed messages over the last few weeks. Many governors have caved and decided to open up things, even though their state has not met the standards set by federal guidelines.
So now, capitalism has begun to flex its muscles against altruism. The country has an uncertain future ahead. With as many deaths over the last few weeks as in the whole Vietnam War and climbing in number, altruism must remain an important part of the survival of the nation. The new normal must contain both returning of capitalism and continuing of altruism, to recover from this trauma to this country’s way of life.