One Wave Merges Into the Next
Everywhere you look these days, there’s a graphic, a chart, or a link to an article about COVID. It got pushed to the side for maybe a minute when another worthy cause leapt to the front of our awareness, but frankly, what’s more important to the general public than their health, their livelihood, and whether or not they can get a haircut, or drink in a bar with their friends?
Still, people continue to believe what they want to, whether it’s that wearing a mask will suffocate you while doing nothing to protect anyone, or the numbers are coming down and the government is lying to you. My pet peeve, failure to fact check, is alive and well right now with people posting arguments “proving” all sides of the question. I finally had to put an end to the barrage by keeping social media closed most of the day when it became clear avoiding the news wasn’t going to be enough.
Let me state very clearly, I put my trust in science. I do NOT trust anyone who’s in it solely for the money. I trust less those who attempt to besmirch the reputation of someone who not only has money, but an altruistic bent, and is actually trying to help the situation rather than simply using it to their own ends. Not everyone who has a hugely successful business empire is a selfish, egotistical bastard. (Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet are at the top of my personal list. In case you’re wondering, Elon Musk is near, though hardly at the bottom).
Keeping My Distance Voluntarily
In any case, I refuse to become one of the frantic lemmings running from one “absolutely true” article or news story to the next, wringing my hands in distress because I can’t get a haircut or massage, and have spent all my grocery money on a garage full of toilet paper. My freezer and shelves might be slightly better stocked than normal, but more because I shop less than half as often as I used to, and make fewer stops when I do go out. The preponderance of people eschewing masks, and getting too close for my comfort are discouragement enough.
For the most part, I keep my contacts limited because, unlike many, I believe we’ve barely started into the first wave, and there will be more, as more people demand access to goods and services because they still believe God, or some nebulous deity is going to protect them. Good luck with that! My heart goes out to those who are being forced to return to work, or risk losing both job and unemployment benefits because some nitwits have made enough noise, and big businesses are feeling too pinched to have to continue operating at lower capacities, and under tighter restrictions.
I’d love to get all of those people into a room and ask: What happens when someone close to you sickens or even dies? How will you feel when that hairdresser or manicurist falls ill despite their own precautions, and the infection is traced to you? Believe me, the odds point to it happening at some point. But I know they’re too deeply entrenched in denial to even hear my words, much less, understand the implications.
Picking Your Level of Risk
In some ways I’ve become as selfish as they, but at least in so doing, I’m not endangering others. I keep my distance, and my expectations of others low. I appreciate the delivery drivers, but make no attempt to get close, instead standing a respectful distance away until they’ve delivered my latest order. They have families themselves, and deserve as much protection as I can give them. I know not everyone is offering them the same consideration, and some are being less cautious than they should as well.
I’m not one to avoid risk, but I am very selective about where and when to assume it. As such, I take the charts showing levels of risk for various activities very seriously. I read news reports of increasing numbers where cities have allowed business to resume as normal with both an open mind, and a critical eye. I recognize the pandemic has offered ample opportunity for those who seek to control the masses to indulge in rampant propaganda flinging. This is a time to push emotions to the background and engage an analytical and skeptical mind.
One thing I do believe is, whether or not you choose to abide by CDC’s recommended guidelines, you do not have the right to endanger other people for your convenience. I’ll continue to speak out for the rights of people who offer personal care services, whether it’s insisting on making customers wear masks, or, if adequate precautions aren’t viable, refraining from offering those services. I also support financial assistance until such time as their health can be effectively protected. Is that really too much to ask?
The Battle for Power Has Deadly Consequences
The way politicians and business owners are tugging at people’s emotional hot buttons, not because they care about the population, but because they care about their own pockets sickens me. They’ve created more anger and hate where cooperation and compassion are desperately needed. In the process, they’re further endangering people as fear and stress levels continue to rise—and weaken immune systems already heavily compromised. If they want to cull the masses, they’re heading in the right direction, but risk culling themselves as well.
The worst part is, many go willingly, like lambs to the slaughter; putting their trust in the hangman who wears a smiling mask to cover the putrid, mouldering face of greed and avarice that feeds on the ignorant. It pains me I can’t make people see they’re being used, abused, and tossed aside by those who see them as pawns who are only important while they’re useful. Otherwise, they can be tossed into the rubbish heap with the hordes of other nameless, faceless souls who’ve been replaced by the next batch of disposable ones.
We’re Not Interchangeable Cogs in the Wheel of Commerce
When I was working for larger corporations, I used to hear the oft-repeated phrase: “no one is irreplaceable”. It was a kind of mantra for the constant shifting and shuffling of bodies around the cube jungle. If one happened to leave, whether voluntarily or not, it was often met with a shrug of the shoulders. Why try to make a difference and do the best job you could with that kind of attitude? Some people did, truly believing they could climb the corporate ladder and make a difference. Most eventually left the company in search of a place where their efforts might be appreciated and recognized a little more.
In many ways, I think that attitude is mirrored in many sections of society. If one worker unit breaks down, you replace it with another of equal skill-set and rank. Now, the stakes are much higher. If one worker unity catches COVID, you can’t just toss them aside because chances are good by the time anyone notices, they’ve already infected dozens of others.
If you ask me, our society cannot sustain the true potential for contagion opening the cities too soon will unleash. Yet numbers coming out of Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and Florida are falling on deaf ears, or worse, denial. As for me, I’m settling in for the long haul, and awaiting similar reports from San Diego and Los Angeles with more than a little trepidation and grief.
Recognizing the Blessings That Allow Me To Isolate
My gratitudes today are:
- I’m grateful I’m able to remain isolated and in relative safety for the time being.
- I’m grateful many are still choosing to avoid adding to the masses taking their lives and those of many others into their hands.
- I’m grateful I can exercise mind, body, and spirit without endangering myself or others.
- I’m grateful for those who continue to make dance nights and lessons available to those of us who don’t trust the premature openings, even of our beloved hangouts.
- I’m grateful for abundance; common sense, compassion, consideration, caution, adaptability, strength, hope, love, health, harmony, peace, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
About the Author
Sheri Conaway is a Holistic Ghostwriter, and an advocate for cats and mental health. Sheri believes in the Laws of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author or in her new group, Putting Your Whole Heart Forward