I’ve been thinking about something lately, and yesterday on the 4th of July, I got thinking about it even more. Listening to patriotic songs that mention previous wars, battles, hard times, and glory… plus watching the old war planes do flyovers at the nation’s Capitol celebration, it made me think about this world’s complicated history and realize something.
|Watching the U.S. Capitol’s firework display on TV
Right now, the whole world is up in arms over this coronavirus pandemic. Everything is disrupted, our lives are uprooted and upended. Normal life as we knew it has seemingly vanished overnight and people are struggling, big time.
But hasn’t it always been this way, over the course of history? Is this really so surprising?
What I mean is this: Since I was born in the early ‘80’s, there have been worldwide problems, but fortunately, the big world wars and the Vietnam War had ended fairly recently before my birth. But looking back over time, over history, what generation has managed to escape in a lifetime completely unscathed of some major worldwide problem or another??
Think about people living during the Great Depression or World War II, or let’s go back to the Civil War, or the American Revolution. Heck, let’s go way back to the time of the Roman Empire and the Punic War! Not to even mention natural disasters, other illnesses prior to vaccines, hard lives of immigrants and settlers around the world…. Historically speaking, life on this Earth has been pretty difficult for the human race.
I think my generation at least has been really quite “lucky” to not have too many catastrophes happen so far in our lifetime that have REALLY impacted our daily life in the way this pandemic has. Yes, there have been problems in the last 35-40 years, and big ones at that! We’ve still had wars, 9/11, terrorism threats, economic recessions, many social problems and injustices, and on and on.
But I still would argue that for the majority of us (at least in most first world countries), our daily lives have still been generally unaffected for the most part. Most previous “problems” we’ve faced over the past years could manage to be mostly ignored by not turning on the news. For many of us, this pandemic is the first time that our comfy little lives have actually been disrupted in a truly unavoidable way.
I keep having this thought regarding the COVID pandemic, that maybe it’s finally just “our turn” in history to have to deal with a big problem, as strange as that sounds. Not that it makes it any better or that I still don’t wish it would GO AWAY, but for some reason it kind of helps me to put it in a little bit of perspective. Like, looking back in 200 years, hopefully this 2020 pandemic will just be a little blip in the history books (or history websites- will there still be books in 200 years?? I hope so).
Anyway! I still despise the pandemic and everything it has brought with it. But from a purely pragmatic standpoint, my head tells me that looking at history, the odds of my entire lifetime being completely untouched by some sort of major/ worldwide problem weren’t that good to start with.
That being said, I would be perfectly happy for the coronavirus pandemic to be a very SHORT entry in the history books, and not say, an entry the length of the Cold War or something. 😊
We’re still at my parents’ house this morning and Ethan just woke up. My time alone on the patio will probably be coming to a close momentarily, so I’ll fill you all in on more from our 4th of July fun tomorrow. 🙂 Hope you all have a great end to your weekend!!
I am grateful for July 4th falling on a Saturday this year. In past years, Ivan and I usually have had to work on July 5th. We have stayed over at my parent’s house for the holiday but then have often had to rush home early the next morning. I’m really grateful that today we can have a slow, relaxing day before heading home later this afternoon!