Tim Taylor, 3.20.20
We are all facing a crisis, the extent of which most of us have never seen in our lifetimes. This effort depends upon all pulling together. There are three points, in this regard, that I would like to make.
First, I liken the challenges of this pandemic to the ones that Americans have faced in the past. Americans know how to sacrifice for the common good. We can look to the brave members of our armed forces who have given their life and/or health for America. We can look to the Americans that learned to do without during the Great Depression. We can look to the Americans who endured family separation and the rationing of food, gas, and more during World War II. These people were/are members of our own families.
Second, we need to ask adolescents and young adults to fight their natural urge to take risks. Their brains have not developed to the point where they can adequately self-regulate and resist peer pressure. That’s just a fact. It’s not their fault. I urge these young people to not engage in risk-taking behavior. Not just when it comes to social distancing, but with any risky behavior that could result in utilizing valuable health care resources. That last part really applies to everyone.
Lastly, the main tool we have to enforce social distancing, and the other measures we need to take, is social pressure. This pressure is necessary, but it should be applied in a way that does not divide us. Apply the pressure by example, and with love, kindness, and respect.
I am deeply grateful to everyone for their sacrifices, especially the doctors and nurses, the first responders, and the people who put food on our table. But also, the everyday people who provide the other critical resources we are going to need. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will get through this.