Inspiration

By Charles Towne                        

“Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea I will help thee; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10

George Bush said, “If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare.”

George Santayana, the American philosopher, said in his 1905 work Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

It seems to me that it would just be common sense not to repeat an act that has had negative results. But then, just maybe when you think about it, common sense ain’t all that common, is it?

And that makes me think of the village idiot that went to the refrigerator to pour himself a glass of milk. When he tasted it, he found it to be gag-a-maggot sour.  So what did he do?  He poured the sour milk back into the bottle and put it back into the refrigerator, sure that it was going to be sweet the next time he wanted some milk.

And that makes me think of this thing called “social distancing.” Which reminds me of George Santayana’s quote about being condemned to repeat the past if you don’t remember it. Which makes me think of a recent visit I made to the store.

Here it is, months into this demon pandemic, and about half the shoppers were not wearing masks!

I wear a mask… and no, I don’t like to wear a mask… but it seems like a small price to pay for my health and possibly life itself. But the attitude of some folks seems to be, “Nobody is going to tell me what to do!”.

During the great flu pandemic of 1918, wearing a mask became a real issue, to the degree that in some places you could be fined as much as a hundred dollars – the equivalent of nearly a thousand dollars today – and be jailed as well, if you were not wearing a mask in public. They were serious. And at that, there were in excess of 50,000,000 deaths world wide!

I am so proud of the managers and the nurses at the Florida Living nursing home in Forest City, Florida. My darling wife has been a patient there for three years. Unlike so many nursing homes nationwide, when the staff at Florida Living became aware of the pandemic, they cut off all visitors’ rights, and praise God, they have not had a single case of COVID-19 among their patients.

When the obvious – or common sense – is ignored, the doors for disaster are thrown wide open.

In 1918, against good advice, a huge crowd of 200,000 spectators gathered in Philadelphia to watch a parade that had been organized to raise funds for the war effort.

Many people thought the authorities were crazy when they advised cancelling the parade. They thought the ‘powers that be’ were trying to use scare tactics to force their will upon the masses.

It wasn’t long before those same people were wishing they had listened to the warnings, because within days of the parade – that same parade that was being hailed as a great success – the people began to sicken and die. The hospitals were overwhelmed and families were forced to bury their own dead.

Philadelphia wasn’t the only city to be stricken. Before the 1918 flu was finished, by some estimates 700,000 Americans nationwide had perished.

One of the causes of the drastic loss of human life was the same as today: otherwise intelligent people disregarding the warning signs and playing the fool by refusing to practice social distancing and not taking the precaution of wearing masks. The loss of human life happened because they didn’t practice what can only be called, “good ole common sense.”

I don’t like being separated from my wife, but thanks be to God, Florida Living is doing what can be done, and, as has been wisely said, “This too shall pass.”


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, this too shall pass.
    In the meantime, we will each
    do what we want to do…some using precautionary wisdom and some not. None of us are islands.
    What we do or do not do affects others, eventually. Let’s just keep praying for each other, doing what we can and continue to thank God for His mercy and protection.
    Yes, this too shall pass.

  2. CSG, the butterfly effect is very real. How can a sneeze or a cough kill? How such a miniscule thing such as the flick of a finger, a frown, a smile, a misspoken word, an, “I love you!” change a life, or impact the world? You are absolutely right, “no man is an island!”, Do we really care? Bless you, Chaz

  3. I’m viewing it as a delicate dance between mental wellness and physical health. This quarantine has forced so many to be up close and personal with themselves and it’s not ending up so well. My advice…be kind to yourself. Be kind and considerate to your neighbor. We will get through this…..all things shall pass.

  4. NH, you are so right! I look at our present situation almost as a dance of a blind/deaf person and a quadriplegic, who in the world is leading? It is confusing at best, but as it is said, “all things shall pass away and all shall be made new.” Bless you and yours, Chaz

  5. Dear Charlitos :
    Magical words you wrote, good common sense : the smallest but the greatest and from humans sense … And so far we’ve been losing acting wild mainly in riots and vandalism … No hate no abhorrence. GOD, we must need your Brightness and lucidity to keep this planet to the Right way … Give us each other what we deserve PEACE

  6. Leo, I fear that most of humanity fails when it comes to christ-like behavior. Help me o Holy God, please help me to be like Jesus in all things, in all ways. Bless the human family and help us to touch all with your love remembering that Jesus died for each and all of us. Bless you and yours in all ways my brother, Chaz

  7. The lack of common sense is playing out in many ways today and in many cases the results are downright frightening. We can only have 25% capacity in our church but it’s ok for thousands to lock arms and block a roadway. I will wear a mask when it Is required or makes sense otherwise I have become a master at social distancing. I have faith that the Almighty will guide me and keep me safe. I too am very happy that the facility in Pa. where my mom lives has been as thorough as Florida Living and has not had a single case of the virus. My mom has always been strong willed and at 94 has perfected the art of not liking being told what to do but she accepts she must wear “that damned mask” LOL.

  8. Miguel, I get the feeling that your precious mama is and has always been one that was not lacking in the common sense department, bless her and hers! My dear mama was of the same mindset, consequently she was always rich in attitude. Bless you and your sweetheart pal, Chaz

  9. Chaz, I don’t particularly like wearing a mask so I, like mike, prefer to practice social distancing which to me is the best of two evils. A friend

  10. Dear a friend, I know what you mean about the mask. In my entire life I have never seen anything like this, but at my age I suppose almost everything is a calculated risk. Most of the time when I am out in the public I wear a mask but when I am alone, due to my history of lung disease, I practice deep breathing to assure that my lungs are healthy. May Papa God bless you and yours, Chaz

  11. it is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Nobody knows all the risks or the facts. It is very confusing because the so-called experts can’t even stay on the same page. Common sense…also a rare thing these days. I do not wear a mask unless I am in a public place where you must. In my part of Michigan, that is almost everywhere. But, I can not wear it for long…it starts to make me feel breathless. And there are nurses and drs. saying wearing a mask for any real length of time, makes the blood too acidic and that can contribute to cancer! So…we do the best we can…most of us care enough to try our best. But, we must remember that everyone sees it from a different view. Thankfully, we can trust God to help us!

  12. Dear sissy, we know only one thing for certain and that is this, Papa God is in control and always will be, praise our God, praise God, praise God from whom all blessing flow. Thank you o Holy God, in Jesus Holy name, Amen. Bless you and your family Faithy, Amen. Your Daddy

  13. Who is that masked man???? Great article, made me think of a quote attributed to Albert Einstein, Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over and expecting different results! Stay as sane as possible my friend, at least one of us should try!!!

  14. Who is that masked man???? Great article, made me think of a quote attributed to Albert Einstein, Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over and expecting different results! Stay as sane as possible my friend, at least one of us should try!!!

  15. RICHARD, WHAT WE SEE IN THE WORLD TODAY REMINDS ME OF THE DANCE OF THE QUADRIPLEGIC IF YOU CAN IMAGINE SUCH A THING. PAPA GOD BRINGS ORDER TO CHAOS, FORM TO CONFUSION, PERFECTION TO THE RIDICULOUS. BLESS YOU AND YOURS WITH MUCH JOY AND A CLOSE WALK WITH HIM! CHAZ

  16. Again we both enjoyed the article. As we are both discussed I don’t understand how people have suddenly decided that the coronavirus is over and there is no need Tigard against transmission anymore. I told you that we were going to spike throughout the whole country. It’s happening already and unfortunately Florida seems to be leading the way. So we will wear our masks and keep physical distance from other people and basically spent most of our time at home. We will do our part. Stay healthy Charlie or I won’t have anything to read every Sunday.

  17. Again we both enjoyed the article. As we are both discussed I don’t understand how people have suddenly decided that the coronavirus is over and there is no need guard against transmission anymore. I told you that we were going to spike throughout the whole country. It’s happening already and unfortunately Florida seems to be leading the way. So we will wear our masks and keep physical distance from other people and basically spent most of our time at home. We will do our part. Stay healthy Charlie or I won’t have anything to read every Sunday.

  18. Herb and Susette, I am so pleased that you and your significant other are enjoying my faltering scribbles Herb. I like the idea that you read them aloud to Susette. You are a good match for each other. Bless you both, Chaz

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