This morning’s trip to gym was bitter-sweet. The management of Scant City Memorial, patently fearing litigation, is closing up its so-called gym with the excuse of the 19 Plague. Despite incompetent management at almost all levels, the Scant City Memorial system has the social benefit of some of its people, mostly the ones who are at the bottom of the organization chart.
This brings me to consider the unsung heroes of this plague season. The medicalists and the soon to be necessary militarists are not unsung. The other folks who are keeping society and civilization together are.
Pray note that I do not deprecate the contributions of the medicalists, but they enjoy continual praise on the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver; the others do not except as novelty. Yet the folks who hold the social compact together do not. Hence, my two pence:
Yesterday I made the weekly trek to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill for provisioning since the stores in Greater Metropolitan Arab will not fulfill my prescribed diet. The grocery stores I visited, because one can no longer find all of one’s necessities in one store, were packages of human chaos, held together by occasional outbursts of rationality and sensitivity on the part of the customers and the majesty of key store employees.
The first of these, at the ORF Kroger on Sowth Parkway, was a former Marine who demonstrated that Semper Fi could hold a grocery store together as well as a nation. The second was a Valkyrie controlling a checkout queue at the Jones Valley Publix with steady presence. Both were successful in spite of their management’s apathy and greed, maintaining a vortex of normality and functionality in a sea of human chaos.
So long as humanity has folks like this, we shall not immediately go into the darkness willingly. As is so often ignored, society is interdependent and fails without.