In these unique times, with many thoughts spinning around, all with their own individual pressures and stresses, my thoughts are about what matters, what has meaning, and mental health. Yes, those three are important. But three is a strong number and there are basic rhythms that influence our thoughts and perceptions. Some simple rail tracks that keep us going in a positive direction, and sane. We all have them, beliefs, commitments, and pleasures.
It is very difficult to get off the roundabout of life sometimes. Time has no meaning when you are caught up with purpose. Brexit, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Globalism, Cultural Corruption, Freedom of Speech, and now Covid-19, like the Indianapolis 500 or the Wall of Death. The theories, the betrayals, the incompetencies, the lies, and the disappointments. And now, we are in lockdown! People are rightfully worried. Not just for their health or the health of their loved ones, but also for their livelihoods, their businesses, incomes and security.
On the financial front there will always be opportunities. Money can be made on loss as well as on profit. Determining the flow and the direction is what our very own Pirates in the City are good at.
Rationing? Well we were probably overweight anyway.
This is a reset. Take time out.
If the global economy crashes then wouldn’t the Soros’s and Saudis go down the pan with it? Are we on another merry-go-round?
Can we become super sensitive to conspiracy? Go home and self-isolate; after all, it is cheaper than prison. Your own environment, your own creature comforts around you. But then they have it pretty good in prison, don’t they?
“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking is freedom.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is encouraging that so many have volunteered their support for essential services on one hand, but on the other, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that some ‘coronavirus fascists’ have shown themselves. With the need to get out in the fresh air we hear the aggressive comments such as ‘go f*****g home you irresponsible b*****ds’. Well, perhaps we should go home. No, I was not one of them but very easily could have been. It is surprising that such virtuous hate exists, or maybe not. Our ‘social media’ seems to be causing a problem.
Maybe there is too much socialising?
“There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.” – George Steiner
Or are they frightened and confused? Is this a replication of 1930s Germany when the mob psyche took all with it and victimised those who didn’t conform.
Are we in a continuous war, the war for the control of our minds?
“One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.” – Howard Zinn
Of course, life is both duty and beauty. We should not dwell on negative thoughts. But some of us are worried about another important part of life besides health and the day to day struggle. The loss of freedoms, social cohesion and independence.
Project Fear and Climate Catastrophe, the imminent Global Crash and an ever-feral society. Now there is a war on coronavirus. Will there be anything left?
“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Be free again. Don’t give everything away, hold back some valuables. Hide them in your heart. Things that make you human, that keep you sane, that keep you independent, and happy. Don’t drive yourself into a wall. There will be a lot of opportunities and a lot to be optimistic about. Who can predict the inevitable changes that are in front of us? It may be better to bunker down in this storm of changes. In the end, maintaining one’s mental health may be the big challenge of the 21st century.
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
Maybe the death rate figures are the figures to watch? Although the running total of Covid-19 deaths can mean nothing but detection rates by testing. But they can be found here. With so many conspiracy theories, about I will keep an open mind. I am not trying to belittle the pain of death and the suffering of those involved but until we see some major changes to these statistics a sense of perspective may be in order. Now let’s spin it around.
Supposing our collective mental health has been steadily going downhill. Do you think this lockdown will help? What are the symptoms of cold turkey from the material world? Could they be a sense of insecurity, anxiety, vulnerability and social isolation? We could use this time to think and mend ourselves. This bizarre event could change our outlook on life. Circumstances could make us less selfish and more thoughtful.
Many soldiers returning from WW2 had lost that unattractive ego, that selfish dominance. What they had seen and done had put a different light on things and had changed their perspective, forever.
“There are two ways in which people are controlled, first of all frighten people and secondly demoralise them.” – Tony Benn
We must overcome our fears. Stick our two fingers up at the tools of demoralisation. Be optimistic.
If it is the case that this is a Globalist conspiracy, they have made a big mistake. In the end, the status quo is the best they could have expected. People may now have time to think. As I say… if that is the case.
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” – Leo Tolstoy