The Chain That Connects Us

As we know, in 2001 it was the firefighters and the police and other first responders who drew the “short straw” and had to charge into burning, collapsing towers. Most of them did, without hesitation, and many paid for their heroism with their lives. It’s what brave people do.

Today, the nurses and doctors are our heroes, risking their lives daily to help us/the world deal with this confounding pandemic.

To me, it could be easy for them (or the firefighters or cops in 2001) to say, “I’m not going in there. That building might collapse”. Or, “Hey, if I go into the hospital today I might get the virus and bring it home to MY wife/husband and kids”.

It would be easy for them to say. Not irrational at all.

Probably smart and definitely SAFER for them and their families than going into work every day and “doing their job”.

But, by and large, THEY DON’T. They go. Every shift. Every day. At little thought for their own health and welfare. Isn’t that irrational?

But why do they go? Because brave people step up to the challenge.

Just like in a “normal” war (and I agree with the analogy that this IS a war, against an invisible enemy), people actually charge into battle, head towards the bullets, take the hill. They don’t simply put their safety first, and refuse to go because it is dangerous. It IS dangerous. But they still go.

I get the hunker down that is going on, and it makes sense for many. You don’t need to hit the bars every weekend, or to get your nails done. But, as I’ve said before, though our jobs here at LP are not as firefighters or policemen, or nurses or doctors, we still play an INDISPENSABLE ROLE in getting things where they need to be to support them, so that they—the true heroes, can do their job amidst all the disease and fear and uncertainty that they will be face to face with every day.

If their masks can’t get delivered. If they run out of sanitizing machines, or ventilators, they won’t be able to do THEIR jobs.

Or if food can’t get to the stores, and people start to have to fight to feed their kids, or to scavenger to find their medicines, I think we all know how ugly things can turn.

So, we’ll keep doing our job. We’ll keep finding a way (despite the many obstacles, some unavoidable, some-panic created) to support them from “the rear”. To keep things functioning.

I’ve heard the term “failure of imagination” to explain how we could not see this coming/not be prepared for this, and I agree. We didn’t see this coming.

Well, it is also a failure of imagination not to see how TRULY BAD things might get if this goes on for months/not weeks, and if society really shuts down. Just stop and think about that for a minute. That scares the shit out of me.

And, the term supply chain actually MEANS something. It is all a chain. If one of our customers, who makes a small part that then goes somewhere else—to another factory, in a different city/country—to be part of a ventilating machine is shut down, and that ventilating machine then cannot be produced, and is not there for the doctors and nurses (and patients) who need it to use, how does that work out?

If we can’t get respirator masks to the nurses in the hospitals and they get the disease while treating the sick and we lose them—if they get sick and die—then what??? Imagine…

We/things are truly all connected. And while shutting down that manufacturer, or stopping that trucker from driving cross country to deliver his goods, or stopping that flight that would otherwise bring in respirator masks might FEEL good and safe and right at the moment, I think we all need to look further down the road, look further down the SUPPLY CHAIN to recognize the dire UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of those seemingly smart, actions.

Just my 2 cents (and probably not worth any more than that). Sorry 🙂

So, let’s all be smart. Let’s keep our distance, sanitize, work from home if needed. Let’s be smart.

But let’s find a way to still play our role here, one way or the other, supporting the heroes at work and the nation’s economy that provides for us all.

-JB

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