These are the times that try men’s souls. We are giants led by giants. It’s now or never. It must be because we are people of destiny. Thus according to no less a world-historic figure than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “We are at a tipping point in this pandemic.” But from what to what?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, once billed as the anti-Trudeau, now agrees with Trudeau that we’re at the “make or break” moment in the fight against COVID-19. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain is at a “critical juncture.” And I hate to be the one to critique the emperor’s wardrobe just as he’s sounding a mighty trumpet blast. But somebody has to.
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So I raise my hand and ask in a whiny, nasal tone muffled by cloth: at what point since March have they not been calling everything the key get-with-the-program moment to save or lose the last best hope of personkind? How many can there be? And what is it, exactly, that we must now do to make not break?