Things Lost and Things Found: Part 6 – Humanity

For the last two years, our lives have been turned inside out and upside down because of a fairly lethal virus that spread around the world. If this had happened at any other time in history, I would wager that there would have been a unified response to it and in six months its back would have been broken.

But alas, we live in the present time, when the divide between people, especially along political lines, has been progressively widening.

In this world, everything is politicized and even if you choose not to have a political position on something, you are still slotted in somewhere, because politics is a very one-dimensional thing.

Right and Left.

If you don’t support the Right, you must naturally be on the Left.

If you don’t support the Left, you are on the Right. The great chasm that exists between the Left and the Right is empty when not so many years ago it was filled with people who simply didn’t want to play this game, who didn’t see the point of taking sides, especially when both sides were not without their shortcomings.

But this Covid Plague came at us at a time when tensions between the Left and the Right were at an all-time high. And it became a banner issue. A fire that was fanned by the obscene news media who didn’t care which side you were on as long as there was a conflict for them to milk.

The question of right or wrong became a moot point. The question of doing the humanitarian things like wearing masks and keeping a safe distance and then later, getting vaccinated all became political footballs in this mad game of Russian Roulette.

And what was the end result? Well, all it did really was create more needless infections and even more tragically, deaths, in the name of politics. The advocates preached “Listen to Science and Medicine”. The resistors scream “You can’t tell me how to behave, I have rights.”

What got lost in all of this fracas was simply this: The Humanity.

The majority of people gained more of it, and the minority of people lost a good deal of what they may have had,

But in the middle of it all were the victims. The elderly. Those with pre-existing conditions and respiratory ailments, the caregivers, the list goes on. And where did this all take us? Mostly just round and round in circles.

Because there is only one simple basic fact at play here, and that is this. Those who are unvaccinated are currently accounting for 99% of all new infections and deaths from Covid. Conversely, this means that the vaccination program is 99% effective at stopping, or at least dramatically reducing, the spread of this virus.

The reality here is undeniable. Nobody can force you to get vaccinated. But with the numbers I have written in the previous two paragraphs, you would have to be either terminally stupid or totally brainwashed to consider any other course of action. For yourself and for all those with whom you come into contact.

Unfortunately for the majority of people, this inhumanity on the part of those unwilling to get vaccinated is really the tail wagging the dog. And the virus will continue to circulate until everyone in the world has turned their body into an inhospitable place for it to live.

The sad reality is that we were now stuck like a record skipping toward the end of the song. And it’s all due, in great part, to the humanity that so many seem to have lost.


Jim Murray
Jim Murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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