The Brighter Side of Life
Somewhat Brighter

As our Commander-in-Chief muddles through the greatest pandemic in our nation’s history, he mudded his way through reporting on the work of Coronavirus Task Force last Sunday. In his long soliloquy, Trump restated sentences several times that either weren’t true, weren’t sentences, didn’t make sense, or contradicted medical experts.

At that press conference, Trump mentioned his favorite drug, hydroxychloroquine. He assured everyone that he wasn’t a medical doctor. Really? I’ll jot that down and try to remember that he is not a medical doctor. Nevertheless, he is pushing a drug that has no legitimate scientific testing related to the coronavirus. However, he feels it might work.

Additionally, a lot of medical doctors are questioning his psychological fitness to be president. The litany of psych disorders is quite long for a person that claims that he is very stable. The list begins with narcissistic personality disorder, issue of grandiosity, gaslighting, and the list goes on. Trump didn’t cause COVID-19, but his inaction or bad decisions are responsible for the death of many people that wouldn’t have died had he acted when his own National Security Council became aware of the pending problem. The White House was informed about the COVID-19 on January 3, 2020. It was over two months before he acknowledged that COVID-19 was something more than just a bad case of the flu.

During these traumatic times, we need to remember what Eric Idle sang, Always Look on The Bright Side of Life. If we can sing along, it will help up address some of our pent-up fears related to the coronavirus pandemic.

While I sang along one day, I wrote about the Black Death often called the Bubonic Plague. A couple of days later, I wrote about a teaching moment due to pandemics.

Oriental rat flea

Regardless of the name we call it, its death toll in Europe and Eurasia was between 75 to 200 million people in the mid-14th century. Interestingly, the cause of that pandemic was the oriental rat flea. That pandemic got me to write about the plague doctors.

Tsetse fly

Another killer is the tsetse fly. It kills nearly 4,000 people year in and year out. This winged killer generally lives in sub-Saharan Africa. It transfers trypanosomes to humans as quickly as we transfer files in a computer. Once the transfer is completed, a victim can get sleeping sickness that will generally cause death if untreated.


Last but not least is the mosquito, which is a mass murderer. A million die yearly from the dreaded mosquito. Their dreaded stinger can carry malaria. Now, Trump’s dream drug, hydroxychloroquine, works nicely with malaria. Additionally, the mosquito can carry dengue fever, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis.

Therefore, during this very trying time of life, we need to remember what Eric Idle sang, Always Look on The Bright Side of Life.

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best

Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life

If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing

Always look on the bright side of life
(Come on)
Always look on the right side of life

For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow
Forget about your sin
Give the audience a grin
Enjoy it, it's your last chance anyhow

So always look on the bright side of death
A just before you draw your terminal breath

Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughin' as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the right side of life
(C'mon Brian, cheer up)
Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the bright side of life

I mean, what have you got to lose?
You know, you come from nothing
You're going back to nothing
What have you lost? Nothing

Always look on the right side of life

Nothing will come from nothing, ya know what they say
Cheer up ya old bugga c'mon give us a grin
There ya are, see
It's the end of the film
Incidentally this record's available in the foyer

Some of us got to live as well, you know
(Always look on the right side of life)
Who do you think pays for all this rubbish
(Always look on the right side of life)
They're not gonna make their money back, you know
I told them, I said to him, Bernie,
I said they'll never make their money back