Essays that wrangle ideas and big questions. Musings on topics I find interesting. Posted monthly, sometimes more. All opinions are my own.
On April 21, the lieutenant governor of Texas announced we needed to take a risk to reopen the economy because “there are more important things than living.” The economy has tanked, businesses have shuttered, and millions of people are unemployed. Under normal circumstances, a political leader’s job is to assure citizens and buoy the economy — but a pandemic is not a normal circumstance. When people’s lives are at stake, I believe we look to our leaders to protect those lives, whatever the cost. But that is not the message the Texas governor — and many other governors also choosing to prematurely reopen their states — is saying. Instead, he has made it very clear that business and the economy are more important than human life.
When I went to graduate school to get my MFA in Writing, I thought I was going to write great books and articles. But somewhere between graduation and now, I got sidetracked. I was a young graduate, with hardly any work experience, but as I explored whatever industry, job or avenue that matched my interests with a paycheck, nothing fit quite right. Entertainment was vicious. Historical preservation was tedious. Yoga was so self-aware it was elitist. Communications, too vague. In all of these fields, I was writing, but I wasn’t enjoying what I was writing.