Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 8, 2020

Courage is what is needed: We shall never give in — we shall never surrender…

VE day is a memory long held amongst the many other remembrances but today is rathe poignant because of what we are gong through.

Yet I want to invite you too think a bit outside the confines of your personal isolation and understand that Victory was not won overnight.

Winston Churchill simply expressed the amazing Courage that he drew from inside the depths of his XL heart and shared it with the English people.

And as the American Churchill, it falls upon me to cry out to you: Courage Brothers and Sisters — Courage is what is now needed and yet that Courage is in terribly short supply.

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And to paraphrase C.S. Lewis in his short story about “Living in the Atomic Age” I’ve prepared a discourse in today’s need to place things in the proper perspective.

In one way we think a great deal too much of the Covid-19 bioweapon pandemic.

“How are we to live in the Covid-19 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 Wuhan Coronavirus bomb was created: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways, unjustly and prematurely.

We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors — anesthetics; pain killers and opioids, and we have that still…

So…

It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces while wearing masks, because the medical 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 a Coronavirus infection — let that infection 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— but not huddled alone and separated like frightened sheep and thinking about Viral loads, infections, reinfections and death by intubation…

They may break our bodies (a microbe, a virus, a bacteria can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

God Bless.
🧜‍♂

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And now just imagine that you were born in 1900.

When you are 14, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday with 22 million people killed.

Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until you are 20. Fifty million people die from it in those two years.

Yes, 50 million.

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When you’re 29, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, global GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.

When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. When you’re 41, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war and the Holocaust kills six million.

At 50, the Korean War starts, and five million perish.

At 55 the Vietnam War begins, and it doesn’t end for 20 years. Four million people die in that conflict.

Approaching your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could well have ended.

A great leader named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, prevented that from happening.

And as you turn 73 Nixon gets impeached, and the Vietnam war finally ends…

So,

Methinks that we have it pretty good for now.


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