So apparently people are fairly worked up about this whole swine flu deal. I read the other day that one of the top selling items on eBay was a face mask. Turns out it is not just fashionable for Michael Jackson anymore–people are really worked up here.

I keep hearing the word pandemic. I took the time to look it up. Basically a pandemic is a disease that shows up in a lot of places. It’s fun to use this word because it reminds us of epidemic: a disease that spreads unusually fast to a large number of people. A few people have been killed by the swine flu thus far. This is absolutely terrible for their families and friends. However did you know that every year in the US around 63,000 people die of the regular flu? Yep, that’s more than three.

Let’s face it . . . this disease is such a big deal because it’s effecting one of America’s greatest resources: white people. My wife and I had a great discussion yesterday about this. Do you know what the top ten world wide killer diseases are? In order they are: lower respiratory infection, HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Diarrhea, Tuberculosis, Measles, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Meningitis, and Syphilis. Most of these are rare, preventable, and/or minor in the US and other developed countries. Around 2.2 million people die every year because their water killed them.

I get stressed because bottled water costs so much.

We’re all overly stressed about swine flu.

When’s the last time the nation got worked up over diarrhea?

The technology exists to fix many/most of these worldwide problems. If we all got as upset as we do about swine flu we could destroy this evil.

Here is what some people are doing.

Here is a place you can help.

Here’s another.

People are recognizing that God cares about this a lot; more than our petty problems in fact. Christians and non-believers are doing some beautiful work.

Don’t just feel guilty. Stop worrying about white people problems and do some good. Buy a glove, complete the Michael look, and put the mask to good use.


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