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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Leduc Catlin

The Dead, The Dying, and We The Living

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

You know that experience of having so much to do that you feel paralyzed?

That’s exactly where I’ve been with writing about COVID-19.

Not to mention the incredible and untenable push from flailing politicians and pyromaniacal media and anyone else seeking to justify their anti-science actions or backpedal and cover their tracks.

Any one of these stories deserves its own post.

I just had to pause and take stock.

Why am I writing this blog?

How can I possibly keep up?

What difference am I making and where am I going with this?

What is my role, my place, my purpose in the greatest seismic shift of our time?

I have a deep appreciation and respect for science, but it is not a natural arena for me.

Democratic rights come with a citizen’s responsibilities, though I care nothing for politics.

I have found myself unable to look away as science has been corrupted, health has been politicized, and friends, families, and whole communities have been broken apart.

And this is where I locate myself.

I am bearing witness.

If we can do nothing more, we can do this.

And as each of us takes in the injustices, trauma, and horrors of unfounded public health policies that will continue to cause untold damage for decades to come, we can, even ever-so-slightly, lighten the load of those who are suffering most.

To do anything less is inhumane.

I’m not judging those who turn away.

That is not my place.

But we each lose a part of our humanity when we do not help carry the burden of our brothers and sisters.

This is not a call to martyrdom or even blame.

It is an acknowledgement of our deep and unseverable collective consciousness.

We created this world together and together we can and must create something new.

We can start by bearing witness.

Whether we agreed with the vaccine program or not.

Whether we thought the mandates were justified or not.

Whether we spewed hatred at the so-called “other side” or not.

It is time to gather our dead and wounded and begin the healing process.

Last month, I wrote about the charges of crimes against humanity filed in the International Criminal Court against many of the key players in the campaign to force an experimental injection without informed consent.

One of the claimants was an ordinary funeral director who could not bear witness without speaking out.

John O’Looney was seeing the undeniable trend of deaths by vaccine injury and shared his findings.

You can listen to his jaw-dropping, firsthand testimony here 👇

This month, it was the insurance industry that unveiled what they are witnessing that can no longer be denied.

“Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64.”

And it’s not COVID-19.

“We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business….”

Scott Davison, OneAmerica CEO

This is an unprecedented increase that is bound to change the way insurance companies operate.

Read more on the story here 👇

We may not be pharmaceutical or insurance executives or public policy advisors.

We may not be doctors or scientists or even politicians.

But each of us can and must bear witness.

I read and write.

Mostly, I allow myself to experience the heartbreak and outrage and then I share with anyone who is open to sometimes unfathomable facts and troubling truths of our time.

We can all write a letter to our representatives, talk to friends and strangers alike.

My husband has a real gift for opening up intimate conversations with grocery store managers and clerks, people in elevators and on the street.

He is witnessing the opening of people’s doubts about what they’ve been told.

He questions with kindness and offers his listening.

These are great gifts that we can give to one another.

This young man is using his music…

Whatever you do, I invite you to participate fully in this most transformational time.

On January 22 & 23, 2022, there will be another World Wide Demonstration...

You need no special talent to stand in solidarity with those who can no longer idly stand by.

In groups, we expand our energy, our courage, and our commitment.

The power of our witnessing grows exponentially.

I leave you with the powerful words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We can witness and serve.


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