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It's Lowell's Turn column: What I've learned in two years

The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.

The last couple of years have certainly been interesting. We quickly went from normal life to a dream world of working at home, school at home, church at home, Zoom calls in our pajamas, and strange facial coverings when we dared leave the house.

And this so-called “new normal,” which is dominated by an unreasonable fear of people and the belief that we can control nature and eliminate all risk, shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

It’s certainly been a learning experience. Through it all, some things have become very clear and unmistakable to me. I’m not saying these are the gospel truth, only that from where I sit, they seem to be true. You’re welcome to your opinions, but these are mine.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned, in no particular order:

Cats love Zoom calls. Although they may have hid from you 10 minutes earlier, they suddenly are your best friend when the meeting starts.

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No matter what I write, half of the people who read it will love it and half will hate it. You can’t please everyone.

I loved working at home. I’m really looking forward to retiring from this job in a couple years and working for myself at home. I’m sure that will make some of my readers very happy as well.

Both Democrats and Republicans are being manipulated by unseen forces, which include many too-powerful businesses and organizations, as well as some ultra-wealthy individuals.

Most of the problems in the last few years have not come from COVID, but from our knee-jerk response to it.

People will believe almost anything if you just repeat it over and over. It worked for the Nazis and it still works today.

Life is not safe. You can either live and accept some risk, or you can hide and wait for it to find you anyway. While you wait, you’re wasting your life.

Fear is powerful. You can make people do almost anything by making them afraid enough.

Science is dead, or at least in danger of dying. It’s now mostly a tool to try to prove what someone has already decided is true. Scientists who don’t follow the herd are fired, defunded or discredited.

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Those who preach tolerance the loudest are often the most intolerant of anything they don’t agree with.

Technology is not always your friend. Every technological advance comes with both benefits and dangers. Some of those dangers (such as the multitude of wifi and cell phone signals all around us) may only be discovered and proven many years into the future.

The government doesn’t care about the economy or our health. It only cares about power and control. Government is the art of trying to get us to believe that the things they do will actually help us in some way.

Just when you think you know it all, something will come up that surprises you and makes you believe in people (or maybe even the government) again.

COVID has become a religion for many people. It’s useless to try to persuade someone that they are following the wrong religion.

If we want to preserve our way of life and ensure democracy survives, we might have to take up arms and march in the streets to demand change.

If we want to be happy, we might need to ignore everything that’s going on in the world and stay home.

If we want to be healthy, we might need to ignore - or even do the opposite - of what the government or the health system tells us to do.

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None of us will get out of this life alive and unwounded.

Climate change will be the next big “emergency” once COVID hysteria dies down. Expect to see more of the same.

Although we may disagree, we still need to try to love and respect each other.

No matter how bad things get, God is in control. In the end, the outcome is certain.

“It’s Our Turn” is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.

Lowell Anderson has been a photographer and writer at the Echo Press since 1998.
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