I am a history buff. Reading and listening to stories of the "Greatest Generation" in the U.S. during WWII is inspirational. But, as I also read and listened to the daily stories of modern life in the U.S., I was not hopeful that we would ever again band together as a nation to fight a common enemy. So much self-focus! So much whining! I thought our ability to sacrifice for the greater good was gone forever. I was wrong.
If there's one take-away to cherish from the current COVID-19 pandemic, it's the countless stories of dedication and self-sacrifice of an army of healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store clerks, and so on. Some risking their own health have stayed on the job. These people have restored my faith in the spirit of the American worker. Bravo.