I was out of town & offline this weekend when everything started breaking loose with swine flu. I believe it’s tragic that people have lost their lives because of this disease & I hope that people wiser than i are able to quickly and effectively provide treatment and help for those suffering from it.
a few statistics:
I like my friend, Wess Daniels, response to this.
Some perspective – 10 children died because of poverty & related issues while you’ve been reading this post.
Does this mean we shouldn’t care about swine flu? No. But I think our fear of swine flu is more symptomatic of a media that’s alarmist and a public that’s easily swayed, uneducated about what’s going on in the world, and ruled by worry.
a few thoughts:
my friend Joe Troyer‘s status earlier today: “Joe Troyer thinks fear is a powerful tool that may be used to control the masses. But we have not been given a spirit of fear.”
Seth Godin put it well recently when he said recently “if you don’t know what to do, and you’re frightened, might as well panic”. By the way, Seth doesn’t think this is wise, and has some good thoughts.
What if we determined to be more aware of what people are facing in the world every day? What if we sought not just to learn (though that’s an obviously needed first step that seems to have been ignored), but also to understand and to share the burden when possible? What if we became more concerned with God’s worldwide redemptive love than in establishing our own mini-kingdoms?