Good - No, GREAT NEWS!
By Paul Hayden
April 13, 2020
There is some really good news in all of this, in spite of what they say on "the news."
327,182,162 people (more or less) are still alive in the U.S. - even after all the deaths from COVID-19.
Good news! You are at least partially alive if you are reading this! You have a very good chance of being alive for a while if you continue to do things that support your life.
What are your chances of dying? To put things in perspective, roughly 850 out of 100,000 people die each year in the U.S. That is almost 1 out of every 100. The total is around 3 million in a country of 330 million.
Right now in the U.S., there is only roughly a .006% chance of dying of COVID-19. The real chances are likely much less than this. That is a 6 out of 100,000 chance. And as with most of the chances of death in the chart shown, it usually depends on where you are, and what you are doing. In Wyoming, there have been no deaths from the coronavirus, while in New York, there have been many.
You are seven times more likely to die from a car accident than from the coronavirus. And that changes depending on if you are traveling in a car. In fact, just by statistics, you are twice as likely to die from suicide as you are from the coronavirus during this outbreak. Sheesh. So much to fear.
As once famously said, "...the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." (Franklin Roosevelt, 1st Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933)
There is a very high chance that you will die someday. You would be smart to bet on it if you gamble. But you do not have to fear that day or the fact that you will die. That is a choice you can make. You can accept it as part of reality. Life is temporary. You can choose life and reality, or you can choose fear, which stifles and inhibits and limits life.
I choose life - as I would wholeheartedly suggest to you as well.
Live your life fully. Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy, as long as you don't infringe on others' lives. Have fun, and be fulfilled. Love others, and learn to help them in their lives. Find your way in making yours the best life that YOU can live.
So...get on with it. Go and be alive. God bless you, richly. As my mom might have said, "God Bless Your Pea-Pickin' Heart."
Paul Hayden is a Christian believer, and an American patriot, necessarily in that order. He is a student of the Bible, and is avidly interested in our role in the context of history, as understood through the heart and eyes of faith. Paul has lived and traveled somewhat widely, and now lives in the heartland of the U.S. (central Illinois), with his wife Donna - they have five grown children. Since December of 2016, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of www.ConservativeTruth.org.
"I was raised by a Christian minister, Kenneth Hayden, until his death when I was 10. Then my mom married a farmer. So I was raised in a very down-to-earth home. My faith has grown through the years, but both in conjunction with the institutional church and through small groups and individuals, including books as well as group settings, where deep, sincere faith is shared that aligns with Biblical truth."