Applying common sense to stay alive – Guyana Times
Dear Editor, Tough times call for difficult measures. It is sad to see so many arrested from illegal assemblies, partying and socializing. Phagwah and Easter are two of Guyana’s most famous festivals, and Guyanese are accustomed to lots of fun and folly while audiences congregate with their neighbors, friends, relatives, families, colleagues and other associates. However, the law is the law, and it is above anyone and everything. It must be respected, observed, adhered to, and applied at all times and under all circumstances, and by everyone – be it manufacturer, custodian, caretaker, applier, observer or consumer. Failure to accept or reject prescribed rules and regulations causes the guilty to pay the severe penalties, as recommended and approved. The deadly COVID-19 disease is very much alive, and multiplies uncontrollably because some irresponsible, irrational, careless and remote people are refusing to adhere to the strict protocols that are urgently needed to help prevent, control and prevent the spread of this virus. Essentially, a positive and dedicated effort from all and diverse people is needed to help, because the virus does not prefer class, race, gender, religion, place or time. The seriousness of this dangerous situation remains, and should not be missed, ignored, reduced or dismissed. Complacency may have stepped in due to the duration of this pandemic, and a lack of patience is controlling the roost. People feel incarcerated, and they want to break free and regain a sense of independence. But they should look carefully and consciously at the after-effects, especially the root cause for so many hospital admissions and, sadly, the loss of so many dear ones. All individuals should continue to worry and be concerned about their own safety as well as that of others. No one should be selfish, adopt a reckless attitude, and think that he or she is safe or alloy and that he is excluded or incapable of attracting this disease. Look at how the numbers continue to rise daily, both in terms of death rate and shrinkage. Fortunately, some vaccines are available, and Guyanese begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a slow but sure campaign, but the Government needs the help, cooperation, and discipline of all Guyanese to overcome this difficulty. Guyana cannot afford to be blindfolded, led astray, be cheated, be nescient, be prejudiced, reckless or careless. It is the sacred duty of every accountable citizen to devote his time, energy, effort and service to ensuring that this attack is eliminated as early as possible, before it can front and face the struggle for survival to overcome this rogue and universal enemy . . If we should all wash our hands as often as possible, sanitize, wear our masks properly and always, eat lots of fruits, take supplements, exercise social distance when in the presence of company, venture out only when they don’t need them avoid. vaccine as soon as possible, keep our environment clean and free of debris and dust, exercise and keep a positive attitude, pessimism would replace optimism and hope that would overcome despair. Caring, sharing, helping and giving selflessly and not selfishly are pillars of high and honorable values that attribute to the goodness and sincerity of mankind and the survival of moral dignity in society. While charity starts at home and remains one of the doctrines that contribute to one of man’s earthly purposes, the current situation requires that his organization be designed and operated in accordance with the health rules emerging that are practiced by all communities. Let’s be sensible, practical, and uncompromising. Sure, let us distribute money, goods and food, but let us prepare and pack food for take-out. The less we assemble, the more we can include what’s appropriate. Is it so difficult to avoid easy, obvious and preventable mistakes, blunders and errors? It has passed the time to become real. Guyana is a place where people refuse to acknowledge the problem, and postpone rather than anticipate and acknowledge the issue, thereby becoming proactive. Safety takes precedence over sentiment. Don’t contribute to the risks, avoid all unnecessary incidents and activities. Why not apply some common sense to stay alive?