Not much happening in sports, hard to ignore the confluence of disease and racial matters. So here goes.
So many great experiences over the years, cheering on University of Louisville athletes. Nowhere one would rather be than at Cardinal Stadium, KFC Yum! Center or Jim Patterson Stadium. No UofL sports, for more than a few months, robs one of much of the fun in life.
Disappointing and frustrating to see so many college careers and seasons ending so suddenly and prematurely. Coaches, athletes and fans told to go home, shelter in place, for months. Hunker down, maintain your distance, with no unnecessary touching or interaction with family or friends.
The most irritating thing about the current situation is all the virtue signaling.
Businesses and institutions are shut down, people separated from their vocations, with no promise that their companies or jobs will be there for them when the pandemic finally fades into history. Skilled, unskilled, professional or non-professional, corporate or family business, so many in trouble and doubt.
Not scary enough? Throw in another national crisis on top of the pandemic, another round of racial controversy in cities and small towns. Protests and demonstrations, in many instances, unnecessarily dividing people, groups against groups, individuals against the people sworn to protect them.
People by the thousands in the streets night after night walking side by side with no protection, openly defying guidance from healthcare officials not to assemble in large groups and recommendations to wear masks. Numerous government leaders ignoring previous directives in favor of political agendas. More uncertainly, more businesses and organizations being destroyed, more people with lost incomes or loss of jobs.
The most irritating thing about the current situation is all the virtue signaling. People thinking they are better, more tolerant and accepting than their fellow human beings. Often coming from people who don’t practice what they preach. Thinking that if one has an opinion about X then one doesn’t care about Y. Unable to recognize the human conscience is capable of caring about two separate things, without conflating them.
Nothing unusual about how people react to situations, but one continues to be surprised at the intensity or lack of compassion or feelings. Social media has much to do with it, exposing the way people view things. One has to wonder what social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have contributed to the overall human condition. Maybe the good outweighs the bad. Far from certain and lots of doubt but one can still hope.
No easy answers. Hell, there may be no answers to some of the issues, either for the health threat or race relations. Human frailties being what they are, and the inability to agree on effective solutions. Not to mention contrasting agendas. Maybe the best one can hope for is that intensify of the conflicts will subside sometime soon.
Meanwhile, one can only hope that college football will start on schedule in September, along with tailgating and big crowds at Cardinal Stadium. Athletes returning to campuses is a welcome sign, although not a guarantee. Who would disagree that we don’t need get back to the fun things?