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20/20 vision revealed in 2020

Posted on December 16, 2020

Updated on December 17, 2020

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The Butner-Creedmoor News welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@butnercreedmoornews.com.

Normally when anyone mentions having 20/20 vision, it reflects an individuals’ ability to see things clearly. Ironically, the year 2020 reflected just the opposite as statements like “fake news,” “the virus is a hoax,” “no need to wear masks,” etc. dominated our lives, leaving many confused and vulnerable to the reality of what was actually happening.

Then there were the numerous fires across many states that actually affected not only the “vision” of people, but likely their very health due to the ominous smoke clouds. Those along with record-breaking severe storms, allowed us to “see,” and experience what climate change is all about. Then we had the death of George Floyd, which seemed to affect the ethnic vision of many, giving rise to the discussion of”’white privilege,” where many began to finally “see” and understand the effects of systematic racism.

We also were able to “see” just how much influence an American president can have on the nation and world when integrity and candor are absent, as well as just how little Washington politicians actually care about their fellow Americans, as they sat by and watched lives destroyed due to lack of jobs, and money. In short, Americans and the world “saw” what had been seething just beneath the surface of our nation, and what we “saw” was not attractive or complimentary.

The lack of prior good vision has left many sitting in a dark place, that has unfortunately, become our new normal, so the question arises: Now that we have 20/20, vision can we find our way back to a place where everyone feels safe, accepted, and comfortable?

Unlike our eyes, we cannot get a pair of prescription glasses to remedy our vision; however, we can be able to truly “open our eyes” to what has occurred, and begin to address the issues with a commitment to resolve many of the issues at hand. If we don’t, then our vision, like our eyes, will begin to slowly erode until blindness settles in, and we are not able to “see’ anything” — blind in one eye and unable to see out of the other.

John Mayo
BUTNER

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