As a lifelong vegetarian, the following is not an attempt on my part to sing the praises of beef steak; there is no culinary advice on offer here. Steak, in this context, is an acronym – it refers to qualities we all, to a greater or lesser extent, possess or desire to share with others. During the current COVID-19 lockdown, the deep-seated urge to maintain contact with other humans is profound; so much so, that some frustrated and possibly lonely individuals may tune into your Zoom meeting for no other reason than that they have nothing better to do. When a degree of normality eventually resumes, as one day it will, do not be surprised if some of those individuals who regularly attended your Zoom offerings during lockdown suddenly vanish off the radar, never to be seen or heard from again.
I’m reminded of the story of the highly successful and popular actor who was a true professional and took his stagecraft very seriously. However, he suffered from a recurring nightmare: at the end of a magnificent performance when the lights would go up, he discovered that he had been performing to an empty theatre; there was no audience.
There will be many unsung heroes and heroines who throughout the long months of lockdown have gone to great lengths to prepare and present talks or meetings and hold their little communities together, only to feel a little like the unfortunate actor. That is the nature of things. You have done your best and been dutiful. But simply it is a sad fact of life that instead of accepting and appreciating the nourishment of STEAK, there are many who would much prefer a burger.