Interdependence Day 2020

Interdependence Day 2020

Because of the uncertainties of our world under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, we are cancelling the annual Interdependence gathering this year.  In 2019 you will recall that we had a robust celebration featuring a panel discussion, a mini concert by medical students from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and ample refreshments.  Keep that event in mind as we ask you to recall the day-September 12-deliberately chosen as an antidote to the 9/11 terrorist attack-as a time to acknowledge our interdependence.

The pandemic reminds us that we are all in the same boat.  Everyone on the planet Earth is vulnerable to the corona virus and only we, acting cooperatively, can save ourselves and others from being afflicted.  It is a daunting reality that our fate is in our own hands-and is dependent on us recognizing the veracity of interdependence.
In June we awakened to the murder of an unarmed, innocent African American man by an officer of the Minneapolis police force.  The city, the nation and the world protested.  We exposed racism for the historical place it has had in our society and insisted that we must cleanse ourselves of the “disease”.

Hopefully the corona virus will have waned considerably by September 12, and the commitment to rid us of the historical, moral disease of racism will have been embraced.  We – the people – are the only ones who have the capacity and obligation to change.  On September 12, 2020 let us resolve to acknowledge the central role that the spirt of interdependence plays in making this world a better place.  As the virus wanes let us be sure that our commitment to others grows.  Let’s vow to think interdependently and act interdependently now and in the years to come.