We can only hope we evolve out of the pandemic, our active part is to get vaccinated, wear mask, and advocate for global access and distribution.
Difference between pandemic of 100 years ago and today –
Lillian Wald, founder of modern-day public health nursing
Then – Prevalence of a strong public health system with a focus on primary care, prevention, health promotion, and maintenance. With the holistic view of the individual/ family/community as the Client.
Now- Decimation of the U.S. public health system to focus on fee-for-service/for-profit sick care medical/insurance/ pharmaceutical/nursing home, medical devices industries.
Then, holistic public health nursing focus on collaborative treatment of the Client.
Today – U.S. has the highest incidence of and deaths from Covid-19 in the world. U.S. ranks #37 in WHO statistics in basic health indices and last among developed countries by the Commonwealth Fund.
Angela Merkel for president of the World.
The world needs Dr. Merkel’s leadership, insight, understanding, compassion, intuition to peacefully bring decision-makers to reflect truth, honesty, humane values, not weapons/war/drones/destruction.
The First, 2021
Madame Vice-president Kamala Harris
Madame Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Amanda Gorman, poet, Inauguration 2021 “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Prince Harry with courage to break out of the only life he knew to free his spirit for social justice advocacy from what John Oliver termed an “emotionally stunted” system.
Antidote to the Pandemic
My grandfather, W.C. Fields films, for Humor is the best medicine of all. W.C. Fields said, “If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.” What the world needs now. https://www.wcfields.com
Antidote to the Pandemic in two words – Cary Grant (any film on TCM).
Reflections on Thanksgiving 2021 and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Native American women brought meaning to the Day – thankfulness, sharing, love, peace. Reciting blessing of tribal elders – “Creator and Ancestors, we honor you for all things. We honor the Lenape people of Manahatta and all our relations. Now we are here; and will always be here. And so it is.” Acknowledging the original Native American territory of Manhattan.
There is Hope with respect, dignity, humane kindness to all in our small global community, then there is Peace within and without – individual, family/support system, community – local, national, global.