After the Apocalypse



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will The United Methodist Church a year from now still be squabbling over remnants of power in a denomination that has crumbled into rubble? Will we continue to waste our admittedly dwindling resources on such battles?

Yes and Yes. I place the blame for that squarely on our bishops.

Kevin more than 1 year ago

Love people, use 'things'

Yes, nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. died of Hong Kong flu in about 18 months (from July, 1968 to winter 1969-70. However, over 75,000 have died in the U.S. in 2.5 months of COVID19. Extrapolating those numbers; COVID 19 can be viewed as seven times more lethal (30,000/month vs.4,166/month). To view it another way, there have been more deaths in the U.S. in two months than all of the U.S. military personnel who died in the years of involvement in Vietnam. I'm deeply troubled when I sense a cavalier attitude toward each person's God-given gift of life and putting a price tag on it.

wil more than 1 year ago

Who Died?

Just how many of the deaths were people with pre-existing conditions, compromised immune systems, obesity, heart disease, etc. Did they did of Covis 19, or more accurately did they die because of their pre-existing condition aggravated by Covis 19? Is everyone who has Covis 19 and dies to be defined as dying of Covis 19 when their health was already compromised by diseases not remotely related to Covis 19?

bthomas more than 1 year ago

Covid isn't an apocalypse

In 1968-69 the Hong Kong flu killed 100,000.

No one much noticed.

We know that life was uncertain. We knew that if you're born you will die.

The big difference between 1968 and now is that we willing shut down our economy, drove unemployment up 20% and above, and created a possible depression.

All of this creative desurrection will kill off the inefficient offer a multitude of opportunities.

Move toward the opportunities.

Richard F Hicks more than 1 year ago

You're missing the point

Sorry, Richard, but you've missed the point at the beginning of my column. Your response indicates that you're taking the word "apocalypse" in its contemporary meaning of "catastrophe," whereas my thesis in this article rests on "apocalypse" in its authentic, Greek-derived meaning of "revealing, uncovering, pulling back the veil." From this perspective the coronavirus is indeed a worldwide revealing that is showing us what our lifestyles are doing to both people and the planet. I encourage you to read this column again with a different lens. Thanks for your comment.

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 1 year ago