This is important, because we learn that our job is not to set up a battleground to eradicate evil, but to search out its spark of holiness. Our task is not to destroy but to build; not to hate but to find a place of yielding; not to polarize but to discover the points of commonality so that we can work together. Learn this lesson, dear friends, it will serve you well".
-Rebbe Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Looking over some old post of mine I came across this taken from a book I read a while back. For some reason it made me think of the virus.
Is the virus evil? No, of course not. It's no more evil than hurricane, famine, or some other force of nature. It's just doing what viruses do.
The test always lies in what we do as a society to bring about and end to this situation, sparing as few lives as possible. I won't rant about this rabble rousing we see play out on the national scene between the leaders of the world.
Viruses are not evil, but people can act with evil intent. As we move forward through this, I think one of the most important lessons we can take from this is to ask ourselves, humbly, "where did we go wrong?" And "how can we avoid this happening again?"
We learn now, the hard way, that the U.S. is not indestructible, and is highly vulnerable. As they say, the first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one. America has a lot to be proud of, but let's face it... we dropped the ball on this one.
If America continues to point fingers at one another, lay blame, and deflect, all the while denying the crisis we are in, then this may very well be the final nail in the coffin, and bring about the end of our 250 year experiment.
However, if we can pull ourselves up from the boot straps, get to work on solutions, cease bickering and finger pointing, put our ego in check, and get the job done like generations before us have, then we may very well have something to hand down for the generations of tomorrow.
A virus is a virus, it has no choice. The opportunity for evil is a choice we make. For better or worse, this is our show.
"Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation." - Benjamin Franklin