DISTRACTIONS

Submitted by ub on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:52

When taking a hard look at reality, we must face sobering facts. Healthcare workers are unable to keep pace with patients. So-called leaders in denial. Fatalities increasing. At least 90K Americans are dead. Why do these numbers keep rising?

Although it started in Asia, why have the people of America particularly suffered the most deadly effects in a few months? 

The global pandemic killed almost 100K people in the USA threatening social stability and changing political calculations, which will continue to have serious implications. 

After apparently containing the outbreak following strict lockdowns and testing, the global spread is facing resurgences that underscore how COVID19 may be extremely difficult to eradicate.

All along, instead of dealing with the problem, Trump was in denial, then made false statements, followed by blaming others and finally using his fall back stunt of distraction.

Birtherism was a distraction, so was Lock her Up, Crooked Hillary, and I will release my taxes if I am elected. Do you remember Little Marco, Lying Ted, Grab them by the pussy, and now Sleepy Joe, and #ObamaGate which is not new, "In a long, contorted cycle of distraction, it is really just the latest effort to divert attention from the original sin of the Trump administration and thus deny its reality." From the very beginning of his administration, the president has sought to deflect attention from its original sin. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/obamagate-is-just-trumps-latest-effort-at-distraction/611797/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2020-05-19T10%253A00%253A27&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_source=twitter

Then there’s Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine. If this last one is true, he is drawing criticism after saying he's been taking a malaria drug he has touted, despite its risks, as a treatment for coronavirus. I am waiting for the @GOP to say it’s irresponsible for Trump to suggest people inject themselves with disinfectants, so do not hold your breath for any #Republican to say it’s irresponsible for @realDonaldTrump to take #Hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis in the absence of evidence it works. But here is a leading Democrat. Since @SpeakerPelosi has reportedly not spoken to @realDonaldTrump @POTUS since the @TeamPelosi #ImpeachedPresidentTrump in #Congress House of Representatives Speaker had thinly veiled words for the overweight resident of our @WhiteHouse and a warning for @GOP from @TheDemocrats https://twitter.com/AC360/status/1262548699051364354 @POTUS also threatened @WHO with a 30-day promise to drop #USA funding unless it improves? How does anyone continue to believe any of these distractions?

Consider these other general distractions for a moment and take a hard look and see if this is his problem that we fail to see?

A Better Tomorrow. (MAGA) If we endure our days only for the sake of tomorrow, we miss out on the present. We ought to pursue excellence and pride in all we do, but when perfection becomes the goal, it becomes the enemy of progress—and in this way, it often distracts us from moving forward. No one escapes life unscathed. But no amount of regret can ever change the past and only those who have come to recognize and admit their imperfections are able to move beyond them. Call your mistakes what they are, offer an apology, and then move on. Don’t allow regret from the past to negatively distract from opportunity in the present.

Accumulation of Possessions. (I'm Rich) the things we own require time, energy, and attention. Every increased possession adds stress to our lives. And yet, some fools continue to desire more as a distraction. Those who chase riches have misplaced their greatest potential and traded it to the highest bidder... Russia? Life was designed for contribution, to provide a positive impact on society for ourselves, our families, and those who live in the community with us. Sometimes, our contribution provides financial excess. Other times, it does not. But either way, when our contribution to society becomes chiefly motivated by a selfish desire to accumulate riches, it has become self-focused. And we have lost our opportunity to live it to the fullest.

Needing Notoriety. (Nobody knows more than I do) The life you live in the life you live regardless if anybody notices or not. Those who live lives focused on the need to be recognized for it are usually the first to take shortcuts to get there. Instead, find significance in the eyes of those who know you best—because, in the end, that is all that matters anyway.

Making Comparison. (Obama was an incompetent President) Some feel compelled to compare their lives to others. We compare our belongings, our appearance, our families, and our successes. But each time we do, we place our focus and energy on the wrong place. Comparing ourselves to others will always cause us to regret what we are not, rather than enjoying who we are.

Appealing Pleasure. (Using untested and unapproved drugs) Pleasure is a terrible teacher. The most significant lessons we learn in life are rarely received during times of pleasure. Instead, they are born out of pain. I am not contending that we should seek pain in our lives. But I am contending a life lived chiefly for the pursuit of pleasure, will usually seek it in all the wrong places.

Pitty and Indifference.  (I have suffered more than Lincoln) Anyone who chooses to live life as a victim will often find they overlook the opportunity to give. Additionally, those who choose to adopt an indifference to the world around them miss out on their greatest potential. But those who recognize a need and seek to do something about it, experience joy and fulfillment that can never be discovered anywhere else. Dome folks are givers, but some insist on just being takers.

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