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Wisdom from C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis in “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays.

In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

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Bits & Bytes

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PRAY: This is from a long Facebook post about the good that this family has experienced during their two month long quarantine in Wuhan, ChinaGod is providing so many opportunities for good while we are here, and he is showing us his goodness every single moment. We are at peace in the epicenter of the virus. We are at peace in the epicenter of his will. Fear is a faithless coward and has no place in the lives of believers. Fear and worry have no seat at our table. We’re here because he wants us here, right now, for his purpose. Coronavirus wants you to isolate and stock up and take care of your own first. Instead, look to him first while you take care of others. In community, we can do so much more than we can do on our own. God is caring for us so richly and showering us with SO MUCH GOOD each and every moment.

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My latest update from the campaign trail

TRUMP: “America is a land of heroes” [3:41] “The best is yet to come.”

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Wuhan Coronavirus

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Take it seriously, but don’t panic. The disease is highly contagious and poses a lethal risk primarily to the elderly, the immune deficient, and folks with other underlying conditions, such as chronic heart disease.

Symptoms include fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling sick and are not in one of the high risk categories, please stay home and do all the things you usually do for a cold or flu. In young, healthy people, the Wuhan Coronavirus is usually just a bad cold.

The disease is contagious before symptoms are present, so to avoid catching it in the first place, limit exposure to other people. If you must go out, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth until you can thoroughly wash your hands. If you must go out and are in a high risk category, wear a mask. They are thought to help reduce your risk and, if nothing else, they make it impossible to touch your nose or mouth!

If you must cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow, not your hand. Viruses transfer readily from hands to surfaces, where they can survive long enough to transfer to other hands.

The head of the Chinese Coronavirus Task Force says Vitamin C is proving helpful both for preventing and for treating the disease. Personally, we are upping our intake from our usual 1,000 mg per day to 2,000 mg per day until flu season ends.

Pay attention to what your state leaders and local news outlets are saying about what’s going on in your area.

And if you aren’t sick, don’t ask to be tested. People who are sick need those test kits.

Also, stop hoarding stuff or, worse, stealing stuff from hospitals! Sheesh.

If you know someone who is in a high risk category, give them a ring and ask if they need you to get them anything at the store. The less they go out, the better.

If you have any questions, you can call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO or go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


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