Joel Anderson

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The Audacity

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I am going to say something rash.

At a time when unity of action is critically important across the whole of society--we can ill afford all the mind numbing rhetoric, imbecilic posturing, fear mongering, disinformation and objectification of each of us through divisiveness and unproductive polarization.

Despite all the stimulating intellectual finger pointing, might we just accept that we need to do something different. Maybe call time out, let our differences sit quietly to the side and, then, just get er done.

Ok, I feel better. Now go back to whatever you were doing--or do something different. Up to you, and you, and you.

***For context***

Since December 2019, I have watched this situation unfold partly out of curiosity and partly because in a past life I was a strategic intelligence planner who just happened to have gotten fixated on Pandemics for all the reasons we see unfolding today.

I originally posted this on two other sites about a week ago.  I did it as, globally, we watched the COVID-19 Pandemic unfold before us.  I did it watching the yin and yang between fact based information and false narratives, mixed messaging and misleading information permeating the landscape and fueling the fear, anxiety and emotions of each of us.  The factual and scientific attempts to just let us know--confronted by the sensationalism that sells.  The examples of good people just trying to make a difference, competing with the nay sayers and hate mongers hell bent on taking a contrarian view at every step.

I wrote this having first hand knowledge of past epidemics and yes, even a little Pandemic.

I wrote this knowing that it does none of us any good to allow those who wish to befuddle ourselves down a path of divisiveness--because in the end that will only lead us to nothing productive.

I wrote this knowing that the news is now on full "alert" 24/7 reporting on this like it is a sporting event with breaking news and minute by minute commentary.

I wrote this knowing full well I have friends on the left and friends on the right.

I wrote this knowing that I work in a scientific community and don't have a PhD nor am I a scientist.

I wrote this knowing that I have friends who are religious, friends who are spiritual, friends who are agnostic, friends who are atheist, and others who just might be unsure of where they sit on the proverbial fence.

I wrote this knowing that I have friends who are male, friends who are female, friends who are straight, friends who are gay. 

I wrote this because I have friends that I care deeply for, regardless of any of our differences.

In a time of crisis, rather than arm chair quarterback this at every step, rather than pontificate the old and stale messages of hate (not disagreement/but outright hate), I wrote this to say we can rise about it all and be better in this moment.

I wrote this in a hope that sometime in the distant time horizon, the generations of the future will simply look back and say: "Wow, what a great assimilation of humans, cross generational yet humans one and all.  I am proud of how they came together at a time of crisis and responded for the good of mankind.  I am glad that they did what they did so that we are here today benefiting from the fact that they set their differences aside and rallied with unity to respond to and solve the challenge of their day."

So I will end this the same way I did in the previous post:  "Ok, I feel better. Now go back to whatever you were doing--or do something different. Up to you, and you, and you. "


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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #23

#22
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee BIG welcome ;~)

#21
Fay Vietmeier Big Thank You

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #21

#20
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee And I shall make that voice stronger ... by doing the same ;~)

Thank you Joel Anderson for this passionate post, in which you make a noble call. Yes, we need to work as many in one. This is a time that we all need to share a great purpose- to beat the global threat. Blaming, magnifying differences and negativity will only distort the noble efforts. I add my voice to yours by sharing this post.

Joel Anderson

1 year ago #19

Javier \ud83d\udc1d CR Gents, in light of the challenges of the day, I just thought I would share this with you as you all epitomize the essence of making a difference. Keep well and keep safe.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #18

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris A "great support group" is like an "inner circle: small & intimate Blessed is the bee ... who has such symmetry ;~) I'd like to believe the "great philosopher" is a great bee keeper ;~) Take good care Zacharias ;~)

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #17

#16
I have a great support group / hive. As the great philosopher once wrote: what is good for the hive is good for the bee too...

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #16

#15
Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris Attitude is everything ... how we respond reveals much Your thinking & writing reveals an "admirable: bee

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #15

#13
I've never seen anyone compliment me on beBee over a thread of an article I didn't write. It's truly admirable!

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #14

Nicely written Joel!

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #13

#12
Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris I know you did not intend it as a "joke" ... it was just the way you said it that made this bee SMILE ;~) That is meant as a compliment ;~)

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #12

#10
It wasn't meant as a joke but I'm glad you derived joy out of it!

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #11

Joel Anderson You are an audacious bee Joel … a quality that I admire ;~) If you were leading a Calvary charge I’d follow you ;~) Truth: “At a time when unity of action IS critically important across the whole of society--we can ill afford all the mind-numbing rhetoric, imbecilic-posturing, fear mongering, disinformation and objectification of each of us through divisiveness and unproductive polarization.” Just look around … listen … I mean really LISTEN It is increasingly clear that too many are disconnected from the heart and their reasoning A spiritual pandemic Darkness prevails … “Men walking in the dark do not know where they’re going” ~ Proverbs

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #10

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris That made me laugh ;~)

the audacity bee in you and me

beautiful speech thank you

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #7

When a house is empty it stays clean I have been very busy lately 😉

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #6

joel, You've expressed my fondest desire. Not sure I'll get it but Santa has got to come sometime and there must be pony in here...And so it goes.

Joel Anderson

1 year ago #5

#2
And then all of this has brought new meaning to the simple things we take for granted. Rock on brother and stay safe and healthy.

John Rylance

1 year ago #4

#2
Ken It's that bright side of life again.

John Rylance

1 year ago #3

I found this a great piece just stating "how it is" in as Zacharias says without taking sides. It also made smile as it brought to mind the link between sketches in Monty Python. "Now for something completely different"

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #2

It may be time out on team sports, hugs and travel, but we are now presented with an opportunity to do all those things around the house and garden, without our former life’s distractions getting in the way

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #1

I've never seen anyone be some passionate about something without taking a stance! It's truly admirable.

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