In a recent article, Jeff Krasno of Commune looked at the differences between countries that have managed to reduce and nearly eliminate COVID-19 and those where the disease is out of control. The United States continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections and deaths, and as such, this topic is worthy of our attention.
What Krasno found in his research is countries that have lowered the number of cases are unified in their approach to the disease. Leadership comes from the top, the citizens agree that there’s a problem that requires action, and people obey the rules set forth.
In the US, we’re divided in our beliefs and behaviors. Some people think COVID-19 is a problem, and others don’t. Some think lockdowns are justified, and others disagree. We bicker about the necessity of masks and social distancing and argue about the safety and efficacy of a vaccine. We’re not all on the same page and not willing or able to adopt a unified strategy.
Krasno says the only way out of this quagmire of division is to be in service of truth rather than wanting to win an argument. We are a society that likes to debate and win. If we can let go of our need to be right and consider the facts objectively, we can begin to move toward a solution.
However, part of the problem is an erosion of belief in medical science, which has failed to deliver on their promise to eliminate suffering and pain. That coupled with pharmaceutical company lies about the safety of many drugs have left us questionning who we can trust. Which “facts” do we know to be true?
In his closing remarks, Krasno has this advice going forward:
As institutions wobble, individual citizens inherit a growing responsibility for the cohesion of society. Be inquisitive. Be humble. Think deeply and critically. Engage with and learn from others. Understand the best part of an opposing opinion. Apply methods of rigor in the quest for truth. Be willing to admit you are wrong.
Do you often feel a need to be right? Do you think you’d be able to let go of that need in order to consider the other side? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Collage at top: “Checkered Past,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on cradled wood panel.