Day 52 There Oughta Be A Law; or, Oh, Wait, There Is
Automatic weapon-toting protestors paralyze the capitol of Michigan.
Upstate New Yorkers protest that they’re not New York City.
The Governor of Maryland has called out the National Guard to protect the state stockpile of personal protective equipment from theft by the Feds.
Today’s Coronavirus Outbreak aggregator says, “The timing and the extent of lockdown restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have prompted a raft of lawsuits across the United States. All manner of rights are being asserted. Individual rights. Commercial rights. Free speech rights. Property rights. In Los Angeles, for example, a diverse group of small businesses, including a gondola service, a mariachi band and a pet grooming spa, have sued in federal court.”
There is a subtext to all of these actions, no, maybe two.
The first one is I have a right to … fill-in-the-blank for whatever I am demanding at the time.
The second one is There oughta be a law to … prevent you from stopping me having my demands.
As so many of us have been saying for what feels like so long, we live in confusing, amazing, wild, dangerous, uncomfortable times. Those are only the adjectives I pulled off the top of my head; I’m sure there are boatloads more.
I understand that the lawsuits are about wanting to go back to work, really, the right to work. And we do have a right to work. More, we have a true need to work.
But if you will, consider the Victorian Era in America for a moment. It too boasted a Grand Canyon-sized divide between the wealthy and the poor, quite similar to ours.
During that time these were some of the jobs: excrement collectors, tanners, sewer hunters, matchstick makers, leech collectors, chimney sweeps, gas lantern lighters, crossing sweepers, grave robbers, sin-eaters, human alarm clocks, rat catchers, hysteria doctors, workhouse inmates, hand sewers.
Variations on many of these exist today, but in safer, kinder, easier incarnations, and yet, I am willing to bet that each of the persons in these positions railed when their positions were eliminated as industrialization grew exponentially in the Victorian era.
They too felt they had a right to work. Needed to work.
But work, like everything else on Earth, changes as its inhabitants grow and change.
There are no longer horse-and-buggy drivers on the streets. Those drivers likely learned to drive trains and buses, and taxis, and mopeds, and bicycles. Progress happens, change happens.
But the hurlers of lawsuits seem not to want to change. They want their rights. Legal rights.
There are laws, Beloved, far wiser and more important than civil ones. They’re called Cosmic Laws. One of the principle Cosmic Laws of the Universe — applicable to all creatures everywhere everywhen — is the Law of Change coupled with the Law of Expansion. The Universe is growing, and as it does, it changes. We are designed to change with it.
Those objecting to the compassionate and temporary curtailment of our freedoms seem to be taking the short view. The Gretchen Whitmers and the Andrew Cuomos of the world are taking the long view.
Because of the dramatic dearth of leadership from those who are charged with leading, some states are reopening for business. One terrified employee in food service in Texas spent nights awake, stressed over exposing her elderly uncle who lives with her to the virus.
She is allegedly being given a choice. If a boss calls you back to work, with or without proper precautions, either you go or you lose your job. If you choose, for whatever reason, not to go to work, you not only lose your job, and probably also your health insurance if you have any, but you also lose your unemployment benefits. What sort of choice is that? None.
Fortunately, that woman’s boss changed his mind about reopening. A lot of people seem to be trending in that direction. All over the world.
Opinion columnist David Brooks used a phrase yesterday that made me prick up my ears: the polarization industry.
It stopped me and jarred me like a tuning fork all at the same time. There’s an industry?
Listen to Mr. Brooks’ wise prose in “Why the Trump Ploy Stopped Working. As the nation unifies, divisiveness falls flat.”
“Even in a pandemic there are weavers and rippers. The weavers try to spiritually hold each other so we can get through this together. The rippers, from Donald Trump on down, see everything through the prism of politics and still emphasize division. For the rippers on left and right, politics is a war that gives life meaning. Fortunately, the rippers are not winning. America is pretty united right now.
“The polarization industry is loath to admit this, but, once you set aside the Trump circus, we are now more united than at any time since 9/11. The pandemic has reminded us of our interdependence and the need for a strong and effective government.
“It’s also taken us to a deeper level. The polarization over the past decades has not been about us disagreeing more; it’s been about us hating each other more. This has required constant volleys of dehumanization. This dehumanization has always been a bit of a mirage.”
At base, no matter the protesting few, led by the Victim-in-Chief and his minions —
FWIW, I had to laugh as I read a story this morning about The White House’s fourth press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. The first sentence she uttered upon taking the podium was, “I will never lie to you, you have my word on that.” Really. I can’t make this stuff up, and I’m a novelist!
Back to the Victim-in-Chief and his minions: “Indeed, it is wealthy and powerful conservatives and their allies, including President Trump and Fox News, who are driving the relatively small protests demanding a ‘liberation’ of the states from oppressive lockdowns — as opposed to any overwhelming public sentiment to that effect.”
The Editorial Board writes, “Temporary limitations on some liberties don’t seem to concern most Americans at this moment. Polls show that 70 to 90 percent of the public support measures to slow the spread of the virus, even if they require temporarily yielding certain freedoms and allowing the economy to suffer in the short run.
“At the same time, the coronavirus provides Americans with an opportunity to reimagine the scope and nature of our civil liberties and our social contract. Yes, Americans are entitled to freedom from government intrusion. But they also have an obligation not to unnecessarily expose their fellow citizens to a deadly pathogen. Protecting Americans from the pandemic while also preserving our economy and our civil liberties is not easy. But it’s essential.”
And here is where we must all end up, eventually, or we will lose every right we have.
We must, each one of us, not according to civil law, but according to Cosmic Law, return to what is essential.
We can argue all we want for the right to earn a living, but without being alive, that right is moot. Lives trump livelihoods every time in all cases. We don’t need livelihoods unless we’re alive.
Mr. Brooks again, “The pandemic has been a massive humanizing force — allowing us to see each other on a level much deeper than politics — see the fragility, the fear and the courage.
Everywhere I hear the same refrain: We’re standing at a portal to the future; we’re not going back to how it used to be.”
There is a universal emotion, also part of Cosmic Law, that will hasten the journey despite the catcalls of those who have rights. That emotion is compassion. Etymologically, compassion means to suffer together.
One of the glaring oversights of the Trump administration is a horrifying lack of compassion.
Peter Baker writes, “Empathy has never been considered one of Mr. Trump’s political assets. He views public displays of sadness as weakness and has made a point of stressing resolve, even at the risk of overlooking the deep pain afflicting so much of the country. His favorite words in his televised appearances of recent weeks are ‘powerful’ and ‘strong.’ He talks of ‘incredible’ days ahead without dwelling on the miserable days of now. He plans fireworks while Americans plan funerals.
“Mr. Obama contended with a series of mass shootings and racial episodes that tore at the country. After the children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Jon Favreau, his chief speechwriter, found the president in the Oval Office struggling to hold his composure, a grief that Mr. Obama then displayed moments later on camera in the briefing room with tears streaming down his face.
“‘In five years of watching him, I’ve never seen Trump display a shred of empathy or grace towards another human being,’” Mr. Favreau said. “‘I’m not sure he has that capacity, at least he’s never shown it in public.’”
Let’s go back to rights for a minute, and their basis, Law.
You do have rights. We all do. They’re Cosmic. The primary one is the right to make choices. We all make choices all the time, whether we know it or not, and whether we admit it or not. They can be as simple as deleting the word ‘stuck’ from our experience, as in ‘stuck at home,’ and shifting it to ‘safer,’ and in ‘safer at home.” Or they can be as complicated as carrying assault weapons because we don’t like how our governors are trying to care for us.
Still, and always, we make choices.
Mr. Brooks gives me hope. “… people are not only reflecting on the current pain, they are also eager to build a different future. … You’ll see people hungering for The Great Reset — the idea that we have to identify 10 unifying ideas (like national service) and focus energy around them.”
Here is how we make our personal choices count. We join with one another. To quote Coretta Scott King, “There comes a time when time itself is ready for a change.”
Melissa Stratton is my favorite astrologer. Her newsletter arrives on the first of each month like Greenwich Mean Time. Here’s what she said on May Day.
“Is there a silver lining in any of this? Yes, it is you. You are the one who will make decisions about how to live in this new world. You will make choices about what you want this world to be. You are the ones who will stand fast and refuse to go back to ‘business as usual.’ You are the ones who will speak out and find ways to make life more equitable for all citizens of Planet Earth and to be a protector of the natural world and all its creatures. Now is the time to help our Earth to become the heaven it was always intended to be. As Wayne Dyer, born with Sun in Taurus said, ‘Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.’”
So yeah, there oughta be a law, oh, but wait, there is, Beloved. It’s called Cosmic Law, and under it, there are no exceptions, and each and every one of us wins.
Dr. Susan Corso is a metaphysician and medical intuitive with a private counseling practice for more than 35 years. She has written too many books to list here. Her website is www.susancorso.com
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