If the COVID-19 pandemic has a bright side, maybe it’s that we can be heroes?

We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our government, and our country in this crisis. Maybe we shouldn’t go back to the way things were before the pandemic.

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Many have noticed all the good people that are doing amazing things right now. Ordinary people going out of their way to do random acts of kindness. Some of you might have noticed how many employers, landlords, businesses, and organizations are pitching in and doing the right thing… offering free services, donating money, goods, services, and food to those in need. Musicians, content creators, and artists sharing their talents with the world for free. Neighbors coming together to help each other, people pitching in to help the elderly in need, the public recognizing that the real essential people are store clerks, delivery drivers, medical professionals, emergency service professionals, and all manner of regular people doing their jobs to serve others. People sharing their thanks for all the people they used to take for granted. There certainly is a lot of good going around that probably should have been going around long before the pandemic.

Right now, there are a lot of people out there in the world who are taking time out of their day to do something good for someone they don’t know. Most of them continue to do it anonymously, alone, or without thanks. Most are giving all their time and all their money to help others. It’s exactly what the world needs right now. Should we stop this and go back the way we were before the pandemic?

“I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
— Gandalf

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We can be heroes.

Most people were frustrated with the country, their jobs, and were struggling to survive in an artificial ‘keep-up-with-the-Joneses’ reality. We don’t have to go back to that! We can continue doing good deeds and practicing neighborly conduct; we can ignore the constant demand for profits and instead, help others.

We can all become heroes simply by doing the right thing, paying it forward, sharing the love, and practicing kindness at all levels in the community.

All these amazing things that we’ve all seen happening whenever disaster strikes — like what happened after September 11th, or during the California wildfires, or hurricane Katrina — there are always good people rushing in to save others, often risking their lives. There’s always been a will to help others, lend a helping hand, to feed the hungry, and shelter those left out in the cold. We can be heroes if we want to!

Why go back to those times when we accepted suffering, hunger, and poverty as “just the way it is”? Why go back to greed-based unfettered capitalism where the rich enjoy economic socialism and the poor are forced into rugged individualism and economic slavery? Why go back to a system that punishes people who are struggling to survive, and rewards those who are creating suffering for the rest of us? Why go back to the way things were when the excuse for not doing the right thing was always, “how are we going to pay for that?”

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We don’t have to go back to that.

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that we can afford to do the right thing when it matters. Before the pandemic, we didn’t grasp that doing the right thing has always mattered. Humanity is more important than economics or corporate profits. It’s too bad it takes an international crisis to wake people up that we can be heroes and do the right thing no matter the costs.

Let’s decide here and now to create a new future free from suffering, poverty, homelessness, and scarcity of goodwill, and instead, embrace kindness, enough for everyone, and Love.

Let’s start right now.

The first step is admitting that we had a problem in the first place. This isn’t going to be easy for most of us. But now we know we weren’t doing the right things when it mattered. Some will argue using traditional economic theories, but that should not change the fact that we need to create a new world not fix the old ways of doing things.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

— Albert Einstein

The second step is to pledge to work toward a better tomorrow for all of us. Up until now, we’ve only discussed doing the right thing and being heroes. We’ve allowed debate and argument to defeat progress toward a better America. We can’t let that stop us again.

The third step is to take action! We must rise up and speak truth to power…

“No, we will not go back to that old America that left some of us behind to suffer needlessly. “

“No, we will not accept a path that continues to reward corporate Interests, political corruption, and the status quo. “

“We the people of the United States demand better… or else!”

We can be heroes.

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