Defeating Corona—Shoulder to Shoulder, Six Feet Apart

If you’re about my age, maybe you grew up thinking that World War III would be fought between the U.S. and the Soviets… little did you know.

That’s right. I always feared the thought of these massive 200-foot-long intercontinental ballistic missiles being launched around the globe. But somehow, as crazy as man can be, he hasn’t yet gotten that crazy—thank goodness. 

Little did we know that World War III was actually to be fought against a foe that’s just 0.000000125 meters tall!

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In this often idiotic world in which some hate the Jews, others hate the Mormons, Blacks, Whites, Gays, Muslims, Catholics, Scientologists, you name it, discriminating against whole groups of human beings for the most inane reasons, we all now have a foe that doesn’t discriminate against any of us—it attacks all races, religions, creeds and individuals of every political and sexual preference.

From the ancient Sanskrit treatise on statecraft, The Arthashastra, comes the maxim we’re all familiar with: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Well, mankind’s greatest enemy, at this moment in time, is an organism that can only be viewed with a high-powered microscope. Yet, this tiny microscopic nano-enemy holds untold power to disrupt and demoralize our entire race—not the white race, black race, or brown race, but the human race.

The most ludicrous thing man can do is hate another man, hurt another man, or enslave him, when there are so many other foes to tackle.

In watching the news, I’m seeing many in our government, medical community and society in general rise to the occasion: “Let’s work together and do whatever it takes to defeat this new enemy,” and so many now appear to be organizing to act in concert, here in the U.S. and across the globe. So, let’s do this—do it together—let’s kick this enemy’s tuchus (butt for all you non-Jews) and, when it’s defeated, and it will be at some point, let’s reflect back on how we came together as one human race and one world, to trounce this nasty infector and how, as one, we were determined to prevail.

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The new “elbow bump” (Photo by Linda Bestwick/

Then we, with urgency, as one people—multi-colored, multi-religioned, multi-political—should consider our effectiveness under fire together in the fight, and thereafter seek out other “egregious enemies” to mankind as a whole, to overcome.

The most ludicrous thing man can do is hate another man, hurt another man, or enslave him, when there are so many other foes to tackle.

I hope you take my meaning here Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Russians, Chinese, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, Christians everyone! And when “corona” goes back to just being known as a pleasant cerveza for a warm summer’s eve, maybe we can continue fighting together against other blights—blights like drug addiction, cancer, war, criminality, environmental destruction, homelessness, poverty, human rights abuses, and an expansive list of others.

Until then, we have a saying here in the U.S.: “One nation under God.” And, while I wouldn’t try to Americanize everyone, we really, truly are one humanity under God.    

Stuart Rosenbaum
Entrepreneur, CEO, writer, philanthropist, with a passion for helping create a better world.