The COVID-19 Pandemic has been extremely hard for me to deal with. I struggle with depression and anxiety, being locked up in my home alone is where I sometimes want to be, but it’s not the healthiest place for me. This pandemic also hits home because my mom has respiratory issues and a weak immune system, so I really worry about her health and ability to access quality medical care if she does get sick. What I struggle with most is the complacency and apathy of many of my fellow Americans.
I know this is a scary situation, but there are even scarier things happening all around us, and if we are not careful we will see more death by famine, war, disease, climate change and the murderous disparities caused by this inhumane capitalist system that has allowed this virus to wreak havoc on our society.
Last week I left my house and noticed my gas gauge was on E. The car had been parked for a few weeks because I was working on it. After a few seconds of pumping gas, I realized the gas wasn’t going into the tank. I pumped nearly 2 gallons of gas onto the ground. Someone cut the fuel line so they could insert a hose and siphon the gas out of my tank. I was furious, and worried. I was in real danger. There was enough gas on the ground that it rolled under my car’s engine and under the engine of the car parked at the pump next to me.
The driver of the car was paying at the pump with her card, using paper towels to push the buttons on the card reader. I kept a safe distance and said, “excuse me ma’am.” She completely ignored me. I said it louder. Nothing!
I noticed her back bumper was filled with humanitarian aid stickers as I started to explain to her what had happened, “I’m sorry to bother you but someone cut my gas line and I pumped a bunch of gas onto the ground before I realized it. Please don’t start your car after you’re done pumping because we could blow up!” The entire time I talked she did her best to ignore me. As she heard the last few words (because we could blow up) her face twisted into a worrisome, fearful grimace. She said, “I’m not going down with you buddy!” And quickly turned toward her car, opened the door, and was about to hop in when she stepped in the puddle of gas that had rolled under her car. At that moment everything clicked for her, she stopped and turned toward me and said, “Oh my God! I am so sorry. You’re trying to warn me to not start my car because the spark from my engine could ignite the gas you spilled. God bless you. I’m sorry for being such a b*$&h but this whole coronavirus thing has me all crazy. We can’t get close to anyone or touch anything, it’s just so insane. Here you are trying to help me and I’m totally just trying to ignore you.” I told her I was just glad she realized it when she did and I pushed the car a safe distance for her to start it so she could be on her way.
This is a perfect example of how we as a nation can be so consumed with fear that we totally ignore the clear and present dangers all around us. During this time is the perfect opportunity for rich vultures to take all they can
I have a lot of friends and family that are really excited about the stimulus package being passed because they are gonna see a little money in their pockets, but let’s be real, there’s WAY MORE in it for the rich. We should be angry…no we should be pissed! Small businesses are getting loans while corporations get billions in free money and real estate investors get $170 billion in tax breaks
COVID-19 is real and we need to take precautions and care for our elders and children but we also need to stay aware and stay active. We have the capacity to communicate with people across the globe in seconds. Let’s use that to our advantage and contact our elected officials and demand they do for the people during this time of crisis, not for the corporations. We’ve gotta know the issues, stay WOKE!
by Cesar Aguirre