In America it seems to be a season of exhaustion. There’s public weariness with social distancing rules as social holidays approach. There’s political fatigue after a divisive election. And many health care workers feel near the end of their physical and emotional strength as COVID-19 caseloads rise.
For some it may be tempting to capitulate to the weariness. Headlines tell us that coronavirus vaccines are coming, as is a new president. Can we just wait things out?
Whether or not one is hopeful for positive changes in 2021, there’s a case for meeting fatigue right now with compassion and the steadiness of persistence. And many Americans are doing just that.
Last week, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky pledged a gift of $10 million to support pandemic front-line workers. “As we go into the holiday season, many of them will continue to work almost impossibly long hours to serve others and save lives,” Mr. Chesky said.
Jason Furman, a former top economist in the Obama administration, urges both sides to get busy now. For Democrats in Congress, he says, “The idea that we can get a better deal if we delay until February is both wishful thinking and ignores the suffering now.”