The American Tragedy (Today)
* An almost 69 year old,
* Upper-middle class,
* White male,
* Me, George,
* Up at 3:40 a.m., today, March 25, 2020
I initially took care of my personal needs. I then fed Zoey, our mini-golden-doodle, took her out to do her business, came in, and got into my exercise gear. I then did an intense workout. I stretched and did 60 minutes on my exercise bike, with an average heart beat of (probably) between 135 and 140 beats per minute.
Later this morning I will play duplicate bridge (card game) online with my partner J, playing against 300-500 or more fellow bridge players, mostly older, reasonably affluent white people, doing what we love doing.
I was, and am selfish, in sense. I have my workouts, my lengthy walks with Zoey twice a day, and my duplicate bridge.
IF - my life was similar - during most of my day(s), I would be very similar to many Americans who live in the United States.
We have worked hard throughout our lives. We have (in our minds) earned what we now have. Some of us feel lucky to have all that we have. Others feel that we've succeeded in spite of obstacles that we believe that we have faced.
As men, we often live in an allusion that we are stronger than women. Statistics on mortality tell a very different story.