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Hurricane Isaias (Where do they get these names?) is projected to hit the South Carolina coast Sunday night. Which, as you might imagine, is likely to make our confused citizens even more confused. It will for me, at least. The last time I drove on the interstates, there were flashing signs along the highway saying, “Save a life – stay home!” So when they schedule the hurricane evacuation, I guess they’ll just have to add one word: “Save a life – don’t stay home!”
Even at this early date, all the hotels in the region are booked solid, because they’ve been instructed to use only every other floor, every other room, and so on, markedly reducing their capacity. Much safer, of course, because of COVID-19. But what if there’s a hurricane coming, and there’s nowhere for people to go? Is that safer?
You can’t avoid risk. You can sometimes choose one risk over another. But risk of some sort is always there. I’m looking forward to watching the breathless weather reporters, standing in the rain wearing a poncho and a surgical mask, imploring us to stay home and wear a mask and go pack ourselves into hotels that won’t let us in to save us from the hurricane that’s going to miss us anyway but don’t thoughtlessly expose others to COVID-19 by leaving home and don’t risk the hurricane by staying home and stay tuned for further instructions. I suspect it will be complicated.
But in reality, it’s not. There is always risk. That’s it. You make the best decisions you can, but there is always risk. The important point, that neither the government nor the breathless weather reporter is likely to admit, is that no one can assess your risk better than you. Centralized planning is of limited benefit (and comes at enormous risk of its own), because everybody’s situation is different.
You do the best you can. Sometimes things work out well. Sometimes they don’t. It’s called life.
Americans used to be the cowboys – the rebels – the entrepreneurs – the risk-takers. Now I swear some of us wear life jackets on rowing machines. Democrats have won a lot of votes by promising people protection from everything from warm weather 100 years from now to an inadequate supply of trans-sexual bathrooms. I’ve got a news flash for these people: There is always risk. No one can protect you completely. And the only one who has a chance at protecting you with some level of success is not your Democrat congress-human.
There’s a disease going around. Is it a good idea to go stay in a hotel right now, just to go on vacation? Maybe not.
Ok, now a hurricane is coming. Maybe staying in a hotel 100 miles inland might make sense now, whereas it didn’t before. Or maybe not.
You make the best decisions you can.
Unless government tells you what to do. And tells the hotel how many guests they’re allowed to have. Then you can’t make the best decisions you can. Then, you pray the government is right. And it is.
From time to time.
Big government is dangerous, because it reduces our ability to assess and react to risk.
Although I suspect that Dr. Fauci and Suzy Weathergirl would take a different view.
Dr. Fauci should tell me what the latest COVID-19 statistics are.
Suzy Weathergirl should tell me what the latest weather forecast is.
I wish both of them would stop telling me what to do. Assessing and responding to risk – that’s my job. Not theirs.Published in