“I kept asking and we did models. These are 2.2 million people would have died. And so, if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 – it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000 – we altogether have done a very good job.” ~Donald Trump (source)
“Hey, it could have been worse” is a pretty low standard for Excellence.
Two hundred thousand deaths is hardly a success worth celebrating.
“The very first sign of waking up is the insight that we are not doomed to retrace our steps forever.” ~Mingyur Rinpoche
“Wake up and live!” ~Bob Marley
I wish that Bob Dylan’s songs had to be introduced with a little history lesson to explain what he was upset about.
But they don’t. Things haven’t really changed all that much.
Full lyrics available HERE.
“Not letting our mood affect the way we treat people is a forgotten sunnah.” ~Nouman Ali Khan
“Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” ~Celine Dion
He had a three-month head start. He could have used the time to stockpile medical supplies, begin work on a vaccine, manufacture ventilators, and hammered out a stimulus package so it was ready to go when needed.
Instead he did his little Pollyanna routine, and insisted nothing bad was going to happen.
This video was recommended in a post about Alan Watts on Ken Thompson’s blog, which you can read for yourself HERE.
(Edit: fixed the link. Sorry about that.)
Excerpted from Variations On A Generation by Gregory Corso, ©1959:
–But what do you think about the Beat Generation?–
–A certain style, when you look back on it, old photos, Fitzgerald in Paris, 1920, high society, prohibition, jazz; that’s more what characterized a generation than what they believed in. The fundamental facts are always the same, the style changes, but the facts, my boy, the facts remain.–
–Are you beat?–
–Well I’m not a square, you see a square is some guy who forces himself arbitrarily into a square auto-life mold, because squareness is not a shape that any living creature occurs in. There are varieties of squares in America. Take for instance a sharecropper, only thing he’d share would be his manure, now that’s kind of square, ain’t it?–
–You’re beat, then?–
–Beatness may result from any sort of fundamental experience, a particular form of insight whereby you realize that nine tenths of everything that moves and operates people is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _!–