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Their Weight, Our Charity

Michigan continues to be a “hot spot” for the coronavirus, with those afflicted now well over 20,000 and still escalating.  Detroit’s vulnerable population, many of whom are poor and elderly, has been especially hard hit.  Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was early to issue a stay-at-home order and this week she extended it with added stringent conditions.  A few thoughts.

Last week, Governor Whitmer was the toast of the twitterverse–the brave Katniss Everdeen  fighting the evil President Snow, or Trump if you will. Now after her more stringent lockdown order, in the same venue she is “callous” or “authoritarian” or worse.

As  citizens, we have the absolute (almost) right to criticize our leaders. But, in this time of crisis let us speak with a spirit of generosity for our leaders’ travails.

I’m reminded of Jack Nicholson’s line in the movie  A Few Good Men: “I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.” I guarantee that when the next nursing home has 10 deaths and 20 caretakers test positive, or as the grim reaper continues to take a toll of elderly black men and women in Detroit, that Governor Whitmer will feel the weight more than you or I. Let us as citizens feel free to voice our opinions, but let’s also  have some charity and humility.

Resilience and Renewal on Trial

Yesterday along Hines Drive, a roadway following the Rouge River’s course through suburban Detroit,   the grass was a brilliant green beneath an amiable sun.  Walkers and bikers frequented the paths, though we were  keeping a safe distance, while various harbingers of Spring chirped or trilled or quacked from the nearby wetlands.  Sorely tried at present, the faith of renewal remains alive.

A prayer for our beleaguered health care workers in the Detroit area, as they wage the battle on behalf of us all.  This cup, too, shall pass from you; we can only hope soon.

Real Generosity to the Future

Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present.

I have been re-reading Albert  Camus’ 1947 novel, The Plague, this week.  As Camus tells the tale, the indefatigable Dr. Rieux and his comrades try to stem the ravages of  the plague in a North African port town.  Since this is a Camus novel, the characters occasionally wax philosophical.  And the story is an allegory, drawing on Camus’ wartime experience fighting the Nazi plague afflicting Europe, when he was the editor of the French Resistance’s paper, Combat.

While the theme of the quote above is embedded in this novel, it actually comes from an essay, The Rebel, a cri de coeur against nihilism of the Left and Right, written by Camus several years later.

Matthaei Gardens, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

 

 

Hope–Indispensable

 

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive.

Erik Erikson

I have used the eminent psychologist’s quote in prior posts, but I felt it had special meaning in these uncertain times.  As Dr. Erikson often ended his talks, Take care.  Which especially applies now to yourself and all of us together.

Hope can be symbolized by a blue sky reflected in tranquil water or flowers budding by a  stream swollen with Spring rains.  Or hope can be seen in the shimmering light gracing  trees on a hill or heard in a stream gurgling over rocks in a northern forest.

Kensington Park

Kensington Park, Michigan

Huron National Forest

Pine River, Michigan
Huron National Forest

 

 

 

 

Imagination, a Priceless Gift

The glory of science is to imagine more than we can prove.
–Freeman Dyson

Tacquamenon River, Michigan. White water just before it plunges over the Lower Falls.

One of Michigan’s wild rivers, the Tacquamenon in the Upper Peninsula.  The rambunctious river flows into Lake Superior not far from this white water.

Fleming Creek, Michigan Spring runoff

“When streams are ripe and swelled with rain,” as Paul Simon wrote.  Spring is here in Michigan; greenery to arrive soon!

He Won’t Back Down

 

Just because it’s time for a pugnacious squirrel photo.

And in today’s news, Ford Motor Co, headquartered in  Dearborn, Michigan, announced that it will be partnering with 3M to produce “powered air-purifying respirators” for the safety of medical care providers.  In addition, Ford and its production workers  will begin producing 100,000 plastic face shields weekly.  “The company will also use its 3D printing machinery to make disposable respirators,”  USA Today reported.