I was sad to wake up to the news yesterday that Ravi Zacharias had passed away. He was a huge influence on me, I’ve listened to so many of his lectures and podcasts, radio programs, etc. He was such an insightful person, a great thinker and communicator, and by all accounts a very kind person. I never met him but I will really miss him.
In other news, yesterday I broke my phone. I had started to take it as a point of pride that I was still using an iPhone 6 from 2014 and it still worked great. I repaired it myself once and replaced the battery once, but it was still going strong until 2 nights ago when I dropped it and it hit the corner of my amp, and the screen broke. Too bad.
I got 6 years out of that iPhone and it was never slow or no longer receiving updates. I am typing on a MacBook from 2013 that still works perfectly. I think my iPad is from 2016 and it’s going to last like all the other ones will. I think the best value is to buy the top Apple thing available when you need a device, and you’ll be good. It’s worth the extra expense. Buy once, cry once.
Things are ok at work, thankfully. I’m glad to report that although hospitals are being gutted like so many fish by this whole crisis, even above the small amount of aid money they say we’ve received from the government, we at least seem to be safe in my corner of the world. We are not being asked to take extended furloughs at this time, nor is it thought that jobs in my area of the place are at risk for the moment.
Reading between the lines, I think they expect something more to come in terms of aid for for the health care system. The government can’t really close the hospitals down by government order for 3 months in anticipation of a calamity that never happened in this state, and then watch as all the hospitals fail, can they?
The whole thing is crazy.
One thing that perturbs me - everyone called this “unprecedented”. Because really, infectious diseases and pandemics are not unprecedented are they? Quite the opposite. They are common throughout all human history and if anything, it’s unusual that it’s been 100 years since the last one.
We all have this idea that something that has never happened in OUR time is inconceivable. It’s not. I think most believe that it wasn’t all that long ago that most people on earth died from infectious diseases, and that this one seems so terrible only because we’ve eliminated most of the others, and because people commonly live into their 80s or 90s today, and we rarely have true plagues anymore.
Is that comforting? Not really. But perspective-taking is always helpful. We are not uniquely cursed in our time. This is a terrible thing, but we need to keep our perspective focused on how well off we are today.
For me, the best thing to do is be grateful that we never had to deal with this before, stop following the news closely, do your best to protect yourself and any vulnerable people you know, and soldier on. There’s nothing else we can do.
The effort to move, eventually, when the world returns to some semblance of normal, is underway. A storage unit has been procured. A couple of carloads of stuff have been transported to it. Hopefully, this loft will be ready for showing within the next couple of weeks.