Today is the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only is it the Winter Solstice but a lot of people are dying from COVID. Today is particularly dark.
But it’s also the shortest day. A COVID Vaccine has started to make its rounds and the government has agreed to stimulate the economy again. Tomorrow will be a little lighter.
We take for granted or we hope that the cycle of life will continue, that dark and cold will be replaced by light and warmth. That disease will be overcome and that conflict will end. But hope takes work. A vaccine doesn’t mean we can be complacent. There are many months to go before a vaccine will make a meaningful difference. A $600 stimulus check or a PPP loan is not going to pay enough of the bills. We can’t sit around hoping and waiting for things to get better. We need to be part of the process.
The stock market has a hope-rocket up its you know what, and let’s hope it keeps going but always be prepared for some dark days.
The most populated parts of the northern hemisphere have about 15 hours of darkness today, but in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the sun set in November and will stay below the horizon for 65 days.
As inhospitable as the north may seem on days like this, when you squint into the future the tundra looks pretty inviting. As the climate gets warmer Canada, Iceland, Russia and the Scandinavian countries are going to be the place to be. Already they are becoming more of the world’s bread basket because the growing season there has gotten longer. A migration has already begun.
COVID is a pressing problem that needs to be solved now, but climate change has become a clear and present danger. Both require our full attention. This is no time to sit around and hope. We all need to do the work!
Before faxes and the internet, journalists would transmit time sensitive articles through telex machines, I’m reminded of the standard test message my Dad and his colleagues would send to make sure the machine was transmitting – “Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country”