"Horror grips us as we watch you die. All we can do is echo your anguished cries.

Stare as all human feelings die" (From "Wooden Ships", by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Paul Kantner)

Who gets to die in the COVID-19 lottery? Mostly the fatalities are the elderly and the infirm with diabetes, hypertension, respiratory or cardiovascular problems, or other health vulnerabilities. Increasingly, fatalities are infected and afflicted younger people and/or

the lower socio-economic strata skewed toward non-Caucasian.

It is reminiscent of the American classic short story, "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, where the person who draws the short straw in the village gets stoned to death.

Why should we dare infringe on the freedom of not wearing a mask in public, or on the lack of hand washing hygiene, or inadequate social-distancing practices, or eschewing gathering in large groups? So what if people die or get seriously ill from such manners and acts?

"[A]ny man's [or woman's] death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." ("Meditation XVII," John Dunne, 1623).

Why present an affront to Narcissus when President Trump does not? We can castigate and recriminate the president; however, this is not going to solve our COVID-19 pandemic.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, we need to implement the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing, wearing masks in public and close proximity. hand washing hygiene, and not associating in sizeable groups.

By delusions, we are greatly forsaking these practices for some miraculous techno-optimistic solution, such as an anti-viral drug, or an anti-viral vaccine, or by thinking we are otherwise invincible and/or immune. Such is the selfishness by vanity of Narcissus. There is always the hope, though in the meantime, how many are to get infected, seriously ill or die?

Are we to learn from this? The changes from SARS-CoV-2 are and have been indelibly stamped on all humans and our world, our country and our communities: socioeconomically,

politically, racially, ecologically and technologically for a long time now. We must do better. "We are cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are." (James Baldwin). Let's realize the need to be socially responsible, just and healthy, and make it so.