I had a professor back in college who regularly said that we often “see but don’t observe.” That line has stuck with me many years later, as it seems this is how we often make decisions in our society today.

I’ve especially thought about it a lot since the COVID-19 situation really started to take shape about three months ago. We saw what the virus was doing to many of our citizens, and therefore our leaders decided that we needed to shut everything down and keep people in their homes. Now, I’m not nearly enough of a medical expert to know how many lives these decisions have saved. Perhaps we have prevented many people from contracting the virus through these measures. What I’m concerned about is that we aren’t observing many of the other effects of this shutdown.

Brian Johnston lives in St. Joseph with his wife and two children. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/brianjohnstonwriter.