Dear Friends…. et. al. – November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020

Dear Friends, who don’t think there will be a new administration legally elected on January 20, 2021 or who don’t think the DTvirus is really a thing, or who don’t think that climate change is a serious problem,

Let’s discuss the issue that some of you don’t think this was a fair election because Donald Trump didn’t win and how could it possibly be fair? After all, lots of people of color voted! After all, Democrats always cheat! After all, there is some kind of hidden conspiracy of Communists and Nazis (!!!!!???) and super wealthy people working together to eliminate the vote of Republicans! We also can’t forget the army of dead people lining up to vote! Or…………maybe, just maybe, none of that is true. Maybe, just maybe, this was an historic election with the highest percentage of legal voters actually voting in our history. All the checks and balances of legal, fair and democratic (small “d”) happened.

Now let’s discuss the pandemic and why some people think it’s a hoax or not that serious, and in any case, no need to have public health rules, just let everyone decide for themselves to endanger others. I guess you think that the numbers do lie. I guess you don’t believe that hospitals are overrun with patients suffering from a disease that has many different symptoms and that are being treated by medical staff who are completely devoted to their jobs but who are worn out by months of this pandemic. I have a gentle suggestion for you; if you don’t want to comply with the public health rules that are mandated by public health officials (who aren’t trying to take over your body or soul), don’t follow the rules. Just please, stay home and stay away from others. If you do need to go out in public, please wear a mask and follow the rules for physically distancing from others.

Finally, let’s talk a little about the climate. It isn’t really important what you “believe” or “think”. You are not being forced to believe in science. You are not forced to learn any math, unless you are still in K-12 school. You don’t have to understand biology, chemistry (I sure don’t- I’m still traumatized by 10th grade chemistry class memories) or geology. Your ignorance of all subjects related to the dramatic changes in the world’s climate won’t affect the world’s climate. If you hang around for a few more decades, you may evolve to understand this subject better. You know, life -long learning is a good thing.

I sincerely hope you have a wonderful season of holidays, celebration, enjoying family, food and joy even if you won’t be physically together. Stay healthy, stay safe, and in this season of giving and generosity, remember that we are all in this together.

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