Today our Vice President warned the nation to stay out of confined spaces - subways, airplanes, anywhere people congregate in closed places and, whatever you do, avoid that sneeze! Swine Flu: the latest scare to hit the American people.
It's not enough that the headlines make people afraid to spend a dollar on a carton of milk, lest they face bankruptcy in a month or two, now we face the new fear factor - walking into an elevator!
Now, please correct me if I'm wrong, but we have faced diseases before--some that make Swine Flu look like a mere tickle in the throat. Anthrax, ebola, the black plague, salmonella--plagues exist and will continue to do so until drug companies figure out how to eradicate them. And then, another plague will hit, because the very nature of viruses and bacteria is to mutate. That's what they do. That is how they were created. How amazing it is, when you give it some thought.
But to urge the nation to stay out of confined places? WHO IS WRITING YOUR SCRIPT, MR. BIDEN? We are a nation living in fear. And you just made it worse! Oh ye of little faith, don't you realize whence it all comes -- illness, sustenance, life? How stupid are we that we are afraid to fuel the economy, give charity, spend money, face the declining markets and how idiotic that we think that if we stay out of confined places or wear silly masks we can avoid an illness.
The bottom line is, that each of our financial plights is determined by a much higher force than the people who rule the financial markets. The collapse of our hallowed institutions and the auto industry show us how silly it was to believe that any company infrastructure was solid and stable. And our health is not controlled by those who manufacture drugs and masks, or by physicians or medical researchers. The sooner we realize that we are not in charge of determining how much money we have or will have and whether we will walk out the door and get hit by an ice cream truck or inhale Swine flu germs and die, the sooner we will be able to walk anywhere without fear and with a dollar in our pocket.
I feel sorry for Joe Biden. He clearly is afraid to move. But his bogeyman - the dreaded virus - is not the thing to fear. Because every day we face a universe that could collapse in a moment and cease to exist. When we recognize The One who keeps it intact, only then, with a healthy dose of fear and acknowledgement for the perfect world He has created--then the fact that we continue to thrive in spite of the many things that threaten us, may contribute to restoring our finances and our health to a state of relative normalcy.