To the Editor:

Growing up in a rural area during the 50s and 60s I had faith in mankind. Not everyone loved, or even liked, everyone but everybody helped everyone. When I say everyone, I mean the majority. We thought nothing of stopping to help someone stranded on the road with a flat tire or out of gas. It was the way we were raised. We went in the service and it was enforced by the instructors and officers. We were all in it together, and we needed each other.

When we were discharged and came home and settled down, it was still pretty much the same, but little by little the socialization deteriorated. I know that I, along with many other people, became more cynical and less friendly to our fellow man. However, I feel that I was more altruistic than most people. When I joined a union, I joined because it was a fraternity, we were brothers and, not a lot of sisters then, but sisters too. I got into an area where I could help members and I became more altruistic regardless of how other people felt. I feel comfortable knowing I made a few lives better.

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Then this threat of the virus comes along and I see how far humankind has fallen. We have a threat that may take a fair amount of time to dissipate and people are panicking. I go to the super market to get a few things and people are buying out all the milk, eggs, butter, paper towels, sanitary wipes, sanitary hand cleaner and toilet paper, with total disregard for the other members of their community. What happened to all for one and one for all? Now it’s all for me. It’s been calculated that some families will have enough toilet paper for over 300 years. Yet they won’t share. I ask my self, “why am I cynical,” however, it is hard not to be when I see this behavior. Maybe this crisis is an awakening, maybe it has been coming for a long time. Maybe it’s time we took inventory of the way we live and interact with our fellow members of the human race and realize we are not living the way we were meant to live.

I think it is time to stand up and be counted and to embrace, at the correct social distance of course, our friends and neighbors and get it back to the way it was meant to be. Americans embracing and sharing with Americans. Keep safe and be well.

Sincerely,

John Mackay

Raritan Township