There have been many epidemics and pandemics in history. Uncomfortable for growth but not the end of society as we know it. Except the effect of the Spanish involvement with the Aztecs in the 16th century. Without natural defences or treatment, few survived the diseases the Europeans brought.
There future was destroyed but I’ll bet a few made out okay. The ones that were lucky and took advantage of whatever they could.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Planting seeds is future oriented. Planting seeds requires optimism and a belief in the ability to be better off in the future. Pessimists don’t plant seeds. Should you be planting just now? There is no harvest without planting.
People have changed their behaviour.
Are there fewer people planting seeds just now? Why not?
Fear can be influenced by knowledge. It is dealt with by exploring deeper than the first layer. Absent comparison, any statistic can be made to appear very different from it’s true meaning.
For context, let’s look at some available data and see if we can evaluate current conditions better.
Sars-cov-2 or Covid-19 is a serious disease but a long way from catastrophic.
Smallpox and salmonella came to the Aztecs in the 16th century and killed at least two-thirds of them.
The seasonal flu in 2017-2018 killed almost 100,000 Americans.
Medical science is far different than it was in Europe around 1350 or in Mexico in the 1500s.
We don’t know that the counting protocol for Covi-19 deaths is the same as it was in previous years.
It is never smart to make decisions without assessing the context. The disease is serious, but is it as serious as the powers that be would have us believe? I don’t know and cannot tell. Suppression of information by governments, news media, and social media conspire against knowing. Instead you must guess. You cannot rely on them.
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts” Abraham Lincoln
Lincolns wisdom is not in full bloom just now.
Make your own decisions, but first decide if the context is not so adverse that you cannot prepare for your future. Planning is how you influence the future for yourself. It is organized anticipating. It’s more difficult now than it was, but one of your planning conditions should always be how do you deal with unforeseen adverse differences. Risk management is a thing.
The pandemic is an example of a serious risk that will likely have small effect on you. Unless you get caught up in the whirlwind of rhetoric, posturing, and virtue signaling we are exposed to every hour, you can build a workable future for yourself.
Life is good and it is better if you work at achieving something.
Panic is poor tool to apply to life.
Governments have their own agenda and they are not especially interested in making your life, or even the lives of all the people, better. Think about whether they are operating too much to their own advantage and replace them if they are.
Make the most of what you can see and do.
Be an optimist. Plant some seeds.
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