The death rate from the China virus .001 on a Navy ship

“Last summer, the USS Theodore Roosevelt suffered from a COVID-19 outbreak that infected one-fifth of its 4,800 crew, resulting in one death”

According to this article:

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Of course every person’s life is valuable but did YOU read that quote?

1 of 4,800

So that is a isolated segment of people without the convoluted mess of the press and politics.

Just doing a bit of math, 4,800 / 1 = .0002 death rate in a rather controlled environment. Of those found to be infected, 20%, = .001.

Either way, not bad odds compared with the fragility of physical life.

Yes, older people are more susceptible.
Yes, death stinks.
Yes, its a nasty virus
Yes, so is cancer, heart disease, diabetis, influenza, phenomena, meningitis, malaria, polio, and every other disease and cause of death.

What am I missing?

Self-inflicted Isolation – Proverbs‬ ‭18:1‬

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;

He rages against all wise judgment.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I suppose we can either build:

fences or bridges,

walls or doors,

locks or stairs.

There is nothing wrong with some solitude and quiet time but when we isolate our decision making and interaction as we ‘know it all’, we are setting ourselves up for a great fall.

True is the saying:

When a man is wrapped up in himself,

he makes a pretty small package.

John Ruskin

and this quote is appropriate:

No man is an island, entire to himself.

John Donne

Here is the poem that quote came from:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man'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.
John Donne

God created us for fellowship with Him and each other. Thus the two great commandments (Love Him, Love others).

Are we really free to choose?

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Bronte
Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

Are we really free to choose?

Yes and no.

Yes, we have a free will but we are only free so far…for none of decided to be born (thankfully our mother wasn’t pro-abortion), we didn’t decide who would be our parents (good or bad), when, where, etc

We didn’t decide our genetics, gender (though some think they know better than God), or even our eye 👁, hair or skin color.

Yet within all that, we were created in God’s image so we have capacities the animals and other elements of creation do not have. Imagination, creativity and the abilty to respond not just re-act, if we think about it, to name a few.

We are free to decide some stuff but we not free from the consequences, good or bad.

Yes, we are free, free within God’s sovereignty and framework of laws and principles.