You know, I’m almost 60 but unless I tell people that, they don’t think of me as old when they read my writing. I’m a productive, contributing member of society, and I plan to continue to be.

Yet 10 years from now, I’ll be saying I’m almost 70.

I’m corresponding today with a psychiatrist / writer in his 80s. Again, if you were to read his writing and correspond with him, nothing would tip you off that he was “old.”

Yet each of us is significantly more susceptible to complications from the Coronavirus than younger people are.

Here in the US, we also have quite a phenomenon going on, with politicians and protesters publicly urging that we intentionally sacrifice “old people” and “the weak” in order to make life easier for everybody else.

People at protests are actually carrying signs that say “sacrifice the weak.”

In general, states that are governed by Democratic politicians are taking measures to protect everyone.

States that are governed by Republican politicians are opening up early, taking the chance that more people will die.

I sit back wondering about morality, glad that by chance the governor of my state is a Democrat.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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