“We’re all in this together”

Laced up Lutheran

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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