This piece was absolutely relatable. We have had to experience so much during this COVID pandemic. I enjoyed reading your piece as you talked about the unique times we are living in. If we are living in a “supposedly developed society,” then why do we have to make that choice? I think the answer is that this is not a developed society. It has been created with a key component “empathy”. Instead of sugar, spice, and everything nice. America is salt, brine, and nothing is fine.