Murdoch: One viewer's take on coronavirus

By Robert L. Murdoch
Posted 4/20/20

Coronavirus has brought me to tears.

The first time was when I heard about all the people who had their lives cut short, especially the children, then the seniors whose children placed them in …

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Murdoch: One viewer's take on coronavirus

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Coronavirus has brought me to tears.

The first time was when I heard about all the people who had their lives cut short, especially the children, then the seniors whose children placed them in what they thought was the best situation for the care they needed, only to be denied the ability to spend their last moments together.

The HIPAA laws meant to protect us are now working against us from finding out medical information about our loved ones. The nursing homes that cannot protect the ones we love are trying sometimes the best they can with a staff that is overwhelmed.

The mistakes we made as a society have cost a lot of lives and hopefully we can learn from them, and make the world a safer place because of it.

The second time I was brought to tears is when I see how music has opened up the heart strings of strangers --- who stop for a moment and share their love through music --- and all the other people that make these magic moments, like the first responders blasting the horns on their fire trucks to celebrate a small child, or a senior's birthday, or the man in Europe who wanted to collect $1,200 for first responders by walking 100 laps around his garden to celebrate his 100th birthday, and to this date received $15 million in donations. These are the things that tug at my heart and bring tears to my eyes.

It is moments like this that bring out the best of humanity. It does not matter your political beliefs, your ethnicity, your status in life, who you love, or how you look, we are all in this together, and together for just a brief moment we are seeing each other, not for our differences, but for what we have in common.

There are scammers out there and others trying rip people off, but they are such a small percentage of the world we shouldn't even give them any of our time. Hopefully they will have to account for their actions sooner or later.

I see on the news about protesters saying they have the right to go where they want, not caring about who they infect or who might die because of their reckless actions, but just as people who text walk out in front of cars these people too will be weeded out by natural selection because of their own stupidity.

It is nice to know that the good of society outweighs the bad by such a large margin, but wouldn't it be nice if the barriers that are down in moments like this could stay down? If only what is truly in our hearts could rule our brains, what a great world we would have.

I just think everyone should thank the people who are thinking right now with their hearts.

Robert L. Murdoch
Queen Creek

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