The depths of any pandemic are beyond our comprehension. We just can’t fathom the mystery of exactly how these things begin; what things must come together to make a worldwide illness. It just seems to prove that, in the big picture, we human beings are less in control of things than we understand.

Our most learned scientists have to start from where they are today and work backwards in order to break this thing apart to come up with some kind of solution in order to waylay this unknown opponent.

It’s amazing when we begin to realize how organized our existence really is. Some of us will be able (eventually) to solve a large part of our current problem. The ability of others will solve other difficulties. Ben Franklin and his kite beginning to understand electricity; where would we be today without them?

One discovery leads to solving one problem, another problem the next one; George Washington Carver and his hundreds of uses for the peanut; the old stone tablets leading to today’s cheap paper ones. It takes all of our abilities to allow our world to operate on an increasingly higher level.

When will even our brightest leaders begin to understand how little they really know on their own? Just as it takes a village to raise a child, we must confront even our current pandemic through teamwork, through sharing our knowledge and the running of our world.

One day, in future history, when this pandemic is old ‘stuff' those youngsters reading about it may laugh at the idea that it was a law that when we went into a store we must be wearing a mask. That it was just so we could make a purchase and had nothing to do with a robbery.

As of today, wearing a mask might not be “your money or your life” but may be more like ‘a mask or your life.’ After all, they’re now telling us we must either wear a mask or risk sharing a terrible illness with people with whom we’ve had no past acquaintance. And I’m almost dead certain even our worst enemy wouldn’t want to share this particular item with us. After all, there might not be any future in it.

Faye Harris is a former Lenawee County resident who retired from North Adams Schools. She can be reached at fayeharris77@yahoo.com.