Well, I wrote an old sad bastard verse about the impotency we all feel right now. As if no one is in charge, either because they don’t know any more than us or through ignorance. It’s terrifying and I have been grappling for days with how to say what I am feeling.
Now, more than ever, we need to let it out. We will need to vent when we can. The sad fact is, this is going to get worse. Maybe a lot worse. COVID-19 is a pernicious killer once it takes hold in a community, large or small. We will need to rest when we can and fight when we must.
This is a moment where one person can truly make a difference to those at risk. It will be harder, some of will give much more than others, but we all have a part to play. We all have a bit in this war. One of the most difficult wars we may fight in our lifetimes. It is truly an existential crisis.
There is a scene in ‘The Abyss’ where Virgil is trying to revive Lindsey with a slap and a shout,, “Goddammit, you bitch! You never backed away from anything in your life! Now fight!”* That’s how I want us to fight.
I have been trying to write all this for a couple of days. I wrote words of rage and earnest words and nostalgic words. I guess what I want to say is this.
You can do it. I know you can do it. I have seen it happen before. Generations before us stood as one. We will, too. Because you can do it. So can I.
One last film reference and I will be done. In the final scene in Starman, the Starman asks “Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you?” and answers himself, “You are at your very best when things are worst.*”
You are beautiful. Be your very best.
*Shout out to screenwriters
Especially James Cameron (The Abyss) and Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon and a Uncredited: Dean Riesner (Starman)