Covid Journal, March 26, 2020
Indigenous people around the globe are reminding us that a Covid-19 and other epidemics are directly related to how we treat the planet. Will we listen to them as we emerge from this mess? Probably not.
The point: Nature always wins. That’s what I keep reminding myself when I go down the rabbit hole of ‘qui bono’ (who benefits) from this madness. I know other authors have gone this way before …
Where we’re at …
I vacillate between being happy as a clam – smug in my long being prepared for working from home because that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years – and more paranoid than a dope user that got a bad batch.
Yesterday wasn’t a great day because I’m trying to express the veneer of confidence and suggestion that there actually is something to Covid, but just couldn’t stay away from the simple idea that the world is hyper-reacting to something a little more threatening than the flu.
I understand the numbers are somewhat larger and that they’re exposing how weak our ‘just in time’ global medical system has become – definitely not too many beds for people and sadly, too few.
But effectively imprisonment of nearly half the planet’s population without a moment’s thought about the social, economic and psychological cost of such drastic measures? Surely spousal / partner relationships are about to hit bottom, if they haven’t already. Partner and child abuse, rape, mayhem and possibly even murder are most likely happening in bigger numbers than they ever have before because everyone has been ushered indoors. Social interaction, even contact with a cashier or speaking with someone who carries bags for you, offer up enough stimulation to keep many people sane. More importantly, going shopping or for a drive keep abused people away from dangerous environments.
How are we protecting these people, now that we’ve made them incredibly vulnerable to the wrath of another household member?
American seniors would be willing to risk dying from the coronavirus in order to ensure that the economy doesn’t slide into a serious recession.
What a fucking pig. Who’s next? The infirm? People with disabilities? Those with mental illness? Someone who had an arm amputated? What kind of bullshit psychobabble eugenics is this guy trying to pawn off on the universe?
You would choose a job over a family member?
This is what passes for leadership in today’s world, which is why it’s worth questioning their ‘expertise’.
On a bigger scale, most media outlets are focused on some kind of scenario related to the ‘end game’. We’ll be fine, but vaccinations will most certainly be mandatory. We’re collectively being whipped into a frenzy of demand for a vaccination that may or may not be the best solution.
Let’s turn to some moderately good news. These stories help mitigate my fears of a much more broad and sinister plan to control the planet. As long as there are good people around, there’s something to be excited about.
- Pollution volume across the globe is plummeting. We’re giving the Earth a break. Finally.
- Researchers are developing low-cost ventilator options.
- Loads of free stuff is being made available to keep us quietly (and possibly mind-numbingly) entertained.
- Despite the doom and gloom, people recover from Covid.
- Lots of people are being good people.
What are your thoughts about the severity of the actions taken by our global governments. Are they disproportionate to the cost of the economy? What would you encourage Canada and others to consider in context of a virus?