Your Table Is Ready

Some of us haven’t heard that sentence in a while. State, county, or city mandates had prohibited indoor service at restaurants at times during the pandemic.

Winter Patio

I consider not being able to dine in a minor inconvenience. Others view this is an unconstitutional deprivation of their human rights. Thus, the pandemic has deepened the rift in our society. How do you live with these absurdities of our times?

Here is some advice from Albert Camus, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44.

Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience:

it should not become a dead end.

Albert Camus


3 thoughts on “Your Table Is Ready

  1. Vicki says:

    What a great quote 🙂

    Seems to me that those who consider restrictions as a deprivation of their human rights (and I’m generalizing) have no wish to experience life fully either.

    Life is not black and white – it has many shades of grey. Those that limit their experience (and outlook) in general, deprive themselves of those many shades.

    I find it interesting that a recent COVID outbreak in my state (from the state to the north), after 60 days of zero community transmission, has resulted in record numbers of people seeking COVID testing. We WANT to get back to ZERO community transmissions and the attached loosening of restrictions. Australians want to be free, healthy and able to return to some semblance of normal. We value our freedom as much as the next democracy and are willing to suffer for the greater good of the community……be it family, friends, work colleagues and strangers alike.

    By complying with health expert’s directives, we know by the 2020 experience that it IS possible to survive by self-discipline, being open to expert advice and generally going without for a few months (to achieve the ultimate possible freedom in lifestyle in the future).

    I don’t understand why some western countries are still in denial about the need for severe restrictions. And those countries that have recently implemented severe restrictions are too little, too late. Obviously, some densely populated countries (e.g India) have greater difficulties than my own lightly populated country of Australia, but at least we have a strong leader and state premiers who are courageous and were willing to ‘take the hard-line’ quickly, early on in the pandemic to achieve the best possible outcome. Sure, there have been unpopular laws and directives. Some of the hate mail and tweets online are vicious. Who wants to lose their job, be housebound, live under severe restrictions or live in isolation, but if that’s what it takes to speed up freedom for the general populace, bring it on.

    (note: I am lucky enough to live on a small pension within a pleasant environment and comfortable home, so my attitude might be slightly less enthusiastic if I had no income and/or was homeless).

    • Well said. It takes strong leadership going in the right direction AND a society willing to support the decisions and recommendations of their leaders. Unfortunately many countries lack either one or in the worst case both.

      Good government should support their citizens in times of hardship.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. I am handling the pandemic fine since I stay at home a lot anyway, and like going out in nature shooting on my own. The only way I can handle the rest of it (politics, corruption, unrest, etc.) is to limit time thinking about it. I keep up on everything but am so tired of all the debate.

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