COVID-19: Moving From Fear to Courage
I blew a fuse... Literally!
The other day I needed to replace a fuse in my car, so I went to an auto parts store.
But, the second I cross the threshold to the entrance, I was met with a rather stern directive:
“Sir, you have to have a mask…”
My response: “I don’t have a mask, but I can pull my t-shirt over my face.”
I was then given a polite lecture on the regulations of Travis county (Texas) which state that you can use a shirt to cover your nose and mouth, but NOT a shirt that you’re wearing.
So, I removed my shirt, tied it around my head, grabbed and paid for my fuse, and made everyone uncomfortable.
Now, I certainly have my own thoughts on whether or not the masks we’re being made to wear are effective (see my blog post here), but what really concerns me is this:
Right now, the powers that be are making many important decisions driven by fear.
I can tell you - from being in the SEAL Teams, from being a physician, from experiencing more than a few precarious and dangerous situations – fear and decision making are terrible bedfellows.
And yes, I do have my own thoughts on what we should be doing right now, and how COVID-19 current data suggests that it’s time to alter course.
For my full discourse, you check out the video.