The Tragic Implications of Denial

Denial is a coping method many of us use. When we don’t want to face reality, we tell ourselves that what we are seeing isn’t significant. Parents hide the truth of a child’s addiction. Couples ignore a growing distance between them. Sometimes, ignorance is at the core of denial. Not understanding depression, we miss the signs in a loved one. When we’re fortunate, problems resolve without major intervention. The child testing boundaries realizes that drug and alcohol abuse will mess with his or her future. A couple invited to a Marriage Encounter Weekend  discovers new ways of communicating with each other.  Or a depressed loved one seeks out counseling on their own.

When denial is an inability to see a problem, we  can at least look back at our own blindness. But what about a calculated denial . . . A denial formed and forged by people who know the truth, but hide that truth for profit?  For months, there have been those who  have denied the seriousness of Covid-19.  They say the disease is nothing more than the flu.  Or they say it is a hoax, most often a hoax by Democrats to steal the election from President Trump.  Given confused messages from the president, governors and local politicians . . .  it was not a surprise that young people flocked to beaches and to bars.  All of which has led to a rapid escalation of Covid-19 cases  and deaths in the U.S.

While other countries have gotten better control of Covid19, the United States is floundering. Mixed messages have sent people filled with righteous anger to State Capitals demanding the end of lock downs. Masks have become a symbol of one’s political leanings, presumably a sign of freedom.  Opening schools is a nightmare for any school district to determine.  A National Health Crisis has morphed into a political battle ground.

 A few days ago, a thirty-year-old man in Texas died after attending a Covid Party. He believed that Covid was a hoax. His tragic and so unnecessary death was the result of people, who knowing the danger of Covid-19, flooded social media with messages downplaying the risk.  When I think of his death, I get angry at those who decided he and those like him were somehow expendable, if it helped the economy.

In the midst of all of this, I’m grateful for persistent voices of health experts, determined to get the truth out.    I’m grateful for  the wisdom of governors who have stood strong in the pandemic.  I’m grateful for truth tellers, who speak truth, even when it upsets people in power. The psalmist says of these:

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart.” Psalm 15:1-2

4 thoughts on “The Tragic Implications of Denial

  1. Oh, yes, it’s been an utter nightmare in the States. The Texas governor has clearly stated (as of 7/17/2020) that there will be _no lockdown_ in the state, even as we bring in 14 refrigerated morgue trucks, and watch the number of hospitalizations and deaths steadily climb.

    There is no leadership in the country, only management, and a poor one at that; over 130,000 people have died, and it could have been avoided.

    And yet, even now, there are people here who swear masks, physical distancing, and closing everything down to slow the spread of the virus is nothing but a ‘deep state ploy’ designed to ‘wear away the rights’ of Americans and make it easier to control them. They have become so tunnel-vision bound that they completely ignore the reality that this is occurring worldwide and not just within the borders of the United States, and there appears to be no way to shake them out of this very dangerous and delusional belief. I give small thanks to those state governors that _do_ see the reality and have taken the precautions to protect their people, and are standing against the lies and misdirection pouring out of the White House and the current administration.

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    • I’m so sorry for all of the loss and pain Texas is experiencing. Taiwan was one of the first countries to have Covid19 infections, but took measures to stop the spread early on. Everyone wears masks and people don’t complain that it is infringing on their freedom. The country has only had seven deaths and around 500 cases. Because they took steps early, life is normal there.

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      • The countries that took those precautions early on got through the first wave well and proved to other countries that it can, and should, be done.

        Unfortunately, the management in the U. S. has failed miserably to take these repeatedly proven facts into account, and has condemned the citizens to a very costly lesson in lives and deaths.

        The other factors that I am seeing in play is the spirit of independence & nationalism that is inculcated in our society, and the utter willingness of many to give themselves over to religious themed conspiracy theories, rather than scientific evidence, and and the proven results of countries such as Taiwan.

        I’m at a loss for how to move forward beyond, because if others don’t get their heads out of the sand, things here will only continue to deteriorate.

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        • We don’t have a state mandate yet in Minnesota, but many cities have done so. I’ve been encouraged as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, CVS and other national companies are now requiring masks. I think that is only going to be multiplied as more retailers require masks for the protection of their employees and customers. But, still it is painful to see so many unnecessary losses and the heartache that goes with them.

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