The American Spirit. While Americans await yet another stimulus package to help those whose employment has been negatively impacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses across America are concerned about what impact this legislation will have on their ability to retain and recruit workers. But are the two, or rather should the two concerns be mutually exclusive? Is this a zero-sum game between employer and employee? Between businesses and the workers? Why? Or why not, perhaps.
This pandemic has hit everyone where it hurts. At this point, I would dare say every American has had their life impacted in some way as a result of this pandemic. Whether that be as simple as disrupted daily routine due to the closing of a local coffee shop, workplace, place of worship, or grocery store, or something much more severe such as the personal suffering or loss of a loved one. One thing is for sure, no one is escaping this pandemic unscathed. It has been unbiased towards those whose life it aims to disrupt, or worse – end.
“Can people really expect the world to continue to operate in it’s complex ways such as providing food, clothing, shelter, medical services, and other goods and services we rely on in our daily lives without having a resilient workforce at hand that is willing to step up and still go to work, even during a global pandemic?”
It’s easy to see how this can be viewed as business interests versus human interests. Greed versus well being. Big money wall street versus the little guy. But that line is played out and overhyped. Some things in our life are larger than the simple good guy versus the bad guy narrative. Some times the story line is more nuanced and more complicated than black and white. So while one person might rightfully ask, ‘how can businesses really expect their workers to assume the risk of coming into work during a global pandemic?’, another person can hold a different point of view during that is equally right, “Can people really expect the world to continue to operate in it’s complex ways such as providing food, clothing, shelter, medical services, and other goods and services we rely on in our daily lives without having a resilient workforce at hand that is willing to step up and still go to work, even during a global pandemic?” And there are countless more, valid points-of-view rom both sides. To demonize either side or even to paint them as “the other” during such a time as this does nothing but play into the divisive, destructive propaganda that is already being circulated. To put it in simpler terms, dismissing “the other side” during this trying time is just not helpful. If there was ever a time to have empathy of another’s viewpoint, certainly during the mass confusion and panic that surrounds a global pandemic would be that time.
While there may be different interpretations of the American Spirit and what it means, we can all agree that it exists. The American Spirit motivate us independently and collectively. Pulling together to fight an invisible enemy has proven to be a more difficult war to rally behind as opposed to rallying behind something more visibly evil. In the aftermath of 9/11, our country pulled together to display the strength and unity that is inherent in the American Spirit. But we had a more visible enemy then. Evil had a face. When something visible and tangible levied an attack against us, we were quick to rally in defense of our freedoms, our democracy, or God-given and government protected rights, our progress as a nation. And our multiplicity of beliefs made that act even more beautiful. But now we are facing an invisible enemy that is attacking our nation. And it is having a more polarizing, as opposed to unifying, effect on our nation, to the point that even wearing a mask has been depicted as an R vs a D issue. Is this what the manifestation of the American Spirit looks like in 2020 – an unreasonable, hopelessly oppositional country? Or are we witnessing the demise of the American Spirit right before our eyes? Are we even capable of pulling together as a nation when under fire from this invisible enemy? Or are we too far gone? Are we a house divided, that cannot stand? During a time when unification seems to be demanded if we hope to achieve victory against this common threat, can we really find no common ground to occupy?
“We are being called upon to summon the best of what lies within us, to brush off that dormant American Spirit in defense of our beliefs, our way of life, our physical and mental well-being, and our future.”
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, America came together like never before. We were unified in the fight against a common threat. The actions that were necessary to overcome that threat were not easy. There were huge demands of civilian sacrifice to support a larger mission, and the response of the American people was heard across the world, while leaving their mark on history. Often referred to as the Good War, it claimed countless US lives, disrupted our way of life, and demanded we operate at a level, the country as a whole, that we have never operated on before. And we rose to the occasion. We met the challenge. That generation sacrificed selflessly to overcome the threats that challenged our right to existence in a free society. And while we may not have a war that is demanding we come together, rise to the occasion, and overcome a visible enemy, we are very much being called upon again. We are being called upon to summon the best of what lies within us, to brush off that dormant American Spirit in defense of our beliefs, our way of life, our physical and mental well-being, and our future. We cannot afford to cower down – to let fear stop us. We must dig deep, rise to the occasion, and find the strength to unify in pursuit of a common goal. We must continue to be resilient in the face of uncertainty, and be sure we do not suffer defeat at the hands of an enemy we are equipped to overcome. I thoroughly believe victory is inevitable if we don’t defeat ourselves, if we don’t fall prey to the consequences of our own house being divided.
And while I cannot speak for the nation, or even the tri-state area, I can speak for our team at TRAC Staffing. We have chosen to embody the American Spirit join those who choose to pursue victory. We will continue to partner with essential businesses across the River Valley and Green Country to put heroes to work, people who take pride in keeping America running in the face of a global threat. It’s worth nothing, we take this pandemic very seriously. TRAC Staffing and all of our clients have been diligent in putting safety protocols in place to help keep our employees safe. Our clients are Essential. Our workers are Essential. Our belief in the American Spirit is Essential – and it’s what keeps driving us forwards. TRAC Staffing is not a house divided, but a team unified in our goal to keep America running. We’ve chosen our path forward. And invite you to do the same.
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