I was listening to someone being interviewed on the radio yesterday regarding the lockdown in NSW because of the Corona 19 Virus.
She was, for good reason, concerned about the welfare of business adversely effected by the closures.
She also spoke about the rights of adults being able to make up their own minds in regards to their own safety.
“How many times do we have to have these closures?” she asked…
These are complex matters that cannot be treated in a simplistic manner.
People’s livelihood, the visiting and care of older parents, and so many other things are affected greatly by lockdowns.
However, the protection of the vulnerable, the rights of the individual and the rights of the larger community also all need to be taken into account.
Taking care of others often requires sacrifice, a certain dying to self.
A certain litigious attitude can immobilise people who wish to reach out to others.
Fear of being sued in a civil case etc. can be scary.
Again, laws protecting the rights of people are not wrong, there are good reasons for them.
It would be very sad if fear stopped us from reaching out to others in appropriate and integral ways.
With the grace of God, we need to keep reaching out to others.
To do this we need to stay centred in prayer and open to the Holy Spirit.
All good decisions need to keep both the good of the individual as well as the good of society in mind.