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There are three sides to every story


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

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There are three sides to every story: My side, your side and the side of truth.

A microscopic coronavirus, invisible to the naked eye, has made the whole world sit up and take notice. I don't know who is to blame or if anyone deserves to get the credit, but people sure are paying attention.

I saw on a sign marquee somewhere one day, "The things that are most essential to life are unseen by the naked eye."

The death toll from coronavirus is devastating, enormous, egregious and I would say needless but everything happens for a reason. I feel sympathy and have empathy for families who have suffered loss during this pandemic and at any other time. To them, peace and much love.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot down in an act of senseless violence. It was needless but it served a purpose. The killing of Dr. King was a high price to pay to prove a point to a nation that is split down the middle.

God-given skin color, ethnicity, national origin and racial identity is only God's business. What a person thinks of you is not your business. America paid the price, but she did not learn the lesson of segregation and bigotry, which she bought.

We continue to pay the price of hate, pride and intolerance, but when are we going to learn its lesson? Nobody can “learn us” what history teaches.

We must learn or we will repeat the misdeeds of our past. Mistress Coronella is touching us and contaminating us physically, spiritually, mentally, medically and undeniably financially.

She is infectious and we are infected, affected and effected. But is this what it takes to force us into compassionate human relationships? Do we have to have jet transportation to live a good life?

Must we have record-breaking earnings on Wall Street for financial security and personal

satisfaction? Do you have to be able to do whatever you want to do to feel privilege? Do you have to be able to go wherever you want to go, when you want to go to feel contentment?

Were you completely satisfied before COVID-19 hit? No. You were not satisfied then and you sho' ain't satisfied now, because we never ever get enough of anything!

Now you're mad because enough is enough of sheltering in place. Why? Not enough tests. Too many incompetent and greedy leaders. (It's the economy stupid.) Open Up Now!

No ability to track Corona. No treatment. No Cure. No Nothing. Shelter in place and gimme 6 feet. That's all I ask. Stand back!

But this virus is just too much! Have you had enough now? Listen up! Do you even want to go back to business as usual? Open Up Now! Think again … that kind of thinking is what brought us here now.

This is just the primary lesson of what ignoring nature, personal vanity and highly skilled professional greed teaches. Listen ...

This is just the first grade of what social recklessness, careless unconcerned attitudes, the "Me Mentality" and pure dependence on material goods teaches.

Unmitigated personal freedom produces selfish pride and teaches us nothing. Learn the lessons of recent history. There is only one Race: The Human Race. Only one color: Blood Red.

One commandment, "Love ye one another as I love" says the Lord. That's the lesson. Learn it or dispute it and continue to face situations of calamity. Hear me well ...

"I pledge allegiance to the flag. (Of the yet to be United States [Senate] of America) And to the Republic for which it stands.

One Nation. UNDER GOD! (again, One Nation, One God) INDI-VISIBLE with Liberty and Justice. For ALL!”

Alphonso Smith

Newnan