I hear this phrase often during tragedy and crisis – “We’re all in this together.”
It’s a great sentiment. I wish it were true though.
Yes, we voice the ideal of unified survival. E Pluribus Unum – out of many, one. We think of ourselves as united to one another.
Except when we don’t. Except when it goes beyond the rhetoric to how it is lived out. I don’t want to downplay the heroic acts that are going on. I think they are great. I just wish the sentiment carried on beyond response to a crisis. Why is it that we are only all in this together when there is a crisis? Why aren’t we all in this together at other times – especially times that aren’t dominated by crisis? Wouldn’t being all in this together in better times actually prepare us better for when there is a crisis?
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