Diary

Under Siege


It would be easy to let living under quarantine depress you. But you know, we aren’t the only ones ever to deal with such draconian times; and many have had it a lot worse than us. During WWII there were a few sieges against cities. The Living in quarantine isn’t much different than living in a. Medieval city under siege siege of Leningrad lasted some 950+ days and I’m sure the folks there were facing a lot more stringent problems than what we are facing with the conveniences we enjoy today. Siege of Leningrad — WWII

During Medieval times there were numerous sieges — bloody and terrible in worse ways than what we face today dealing with Coronavirus, but they were folks being locked up and contained just the same.

In 1453 the Siege of Constantinople was laid siege upon and that lasted for 53 days — almost 2 full months.

As far as long-lasting periods of being locked down, the Siege of Candia (now called Heraklion) in Crete was easily the longest siege in recorded history. That lasted 21 years. In other words those born in the first few years of the siege were old enough to fight in its final battles. If you think that being cooped up in a house for a few days is more than you can take, all I have to say is “buck up, Charley.”

If you’re interested, here’s the list of the 10 of the longest sieges in history. It might make you better to see your own confinement in more historical context.

While we’re on the topic of not feeling sorry for ourselves, what about all those who are worried about missing their graduations — what with school being cancelled in some cases till the end of the school year. I graduated school in 1964, a year ahead of my class. In the 1960’s a lot of my fellow students ended up going to Vietnam for their graduation. Many never came back.

It’s important to keep life in perspective. Yeah — what we are going through is not easy, and is not something any of us are likely take as “enjoyable” — but on the scale of life’s problems — for those of us who shelter-at-home and do not get sick, or those who get sick and recover — this is a relatively easy problem to be dealt with.

Yeah — there is the whole sanitation thing, the wiping down surfaces, the extra washing of clothes and extra showers and extra hand washings, and precautions about what you touch, or don’t touch in public places — but still, if you don’t get sick what you are going through is an inconvenience and little more.

I’m not going to say anything about the issue of money — for one thing Congress, slow as it is, is trying to arrive at a financial package that should help the hardest hit among us. It will probably give too much to those who don’t need the help as well, but our biggest concern has to be with the weakest in society and one can only hope that compassionate hearts will prevail not matter how asinine some in the government might be. I’ll hold judgement on what hasn’t happened yet for that reason.

As 2019 and 2020 were going the election was shaping up as a test of what we want this country to be in the future. Surely the differences between Democrat and Republican ideals are going to be tested in the fire of affliction and we’ll see who has the heart of the people, and who does not. Know for sure that an incredible number of citizens will be severely hurt — and I’m not talking about the people getting sick. Loss of jobs, bankruptcies, medical expenses, lost opportunities — people’s lives are being changed forever as I write this post — and you can be sure that they will not forget what they are going through now, and what they will experience in the next weeks, and months.

May God be merciful to us all.

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