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On A Personal Note – April 20/21…
I know this is a very difficult time for most, if not all people, on one level or another. What I’m about to say to you here and now, is a result of numerous calls and conversations resulting from feedback on The Sill podcasts, clients I continue to work with and family, friends and acquaintances over the last year or so. I’ve certainly learned, and continue to learn, a lot about myself and other people, including friends, family, clients and acquaintances. More than ever, I’m convinced that if you really want to understand yourself and others, including beliefs and motivating forces, nothing is more revelatory than handling adversity and situations that test our resolve.
With full respect given to anyone who’s been severely affected or lost loved ones to Covid-19 or Covid-induced/hastened deaths, I think the amount of fear mongering and hysteria or panic inflicting reporting is not helping anyone, let alone being conveniently ‘customized’ (being polite) and blatantly missing ‘both’ sides of whatever equations (stats, figures, etc.) are being focused on. If you think of, or know, nothing else – remember that nearly 200,000 people die, world wide, EVERY DAY, of all causes. Should resources and aid be given to those that need it? ABSOLUTELY. Do we need to carry out general and far reaching Lockdowns and vaccinate (which remain questionable, to say the least, for many – experts included) the entire planet, when the survival rate is roughly 99.7% – I’ll leave that to your own thinking and resulting choices.
… How quickly perspective is lost in this frenetic world of misinformation and manipulation to suit whatever the end game is… Saying we have a ‘serious’ problem in Canada, when the state of Pennsylvania alone has as more cases and deaths than all of Canada, should give you some perspective or ‘pause and reflect moment’. Even with the constant deluge of info about ‘India’, they’re no where near the pro-rated numbers of the US and Brazil. It amazes me how easily most people can be simply baited, re-directed and either scared, or coerced, into submission or to simply tow the line… I’ve never seen such social and economic disconnect in my entire life. I’m still hopeful that individual critical thinking will be elevated for more people and, hopefully, enough to make some very fundamental and positive changes going forward.
“Don’t forget until everyone is safe, no one is safe.” I don’t think that this can be achieved. No matter what we do in life, there are risks involved, and some people will always be at more risk. There is no way to be ‘safe’ from viruses, for example. We’ve generally lived in harmony with them for millennia. And there is no way to make everyone ‘safe’ from them when they mutate in certain directions. We can make folks a bit more prepared by, as you say, recommending we take care of our immune systems through intake of vitamins, good diet, exercise, etc., use common sense (ie., by staying home when symptoms occur). But, other than that, with the exception of certain vaccines that have shown some efficacy, decent hygiene, etc., there is not much we can do to make everyone ‘safe’. And this attempt to make everyone ‘safe’ is what has led to this erroneous idea that lockdowns of both sick and healthy can somehow make all of us ‘safe’. Can’t be done, which is why it has NEVER been medically recommended to quarantine the healthy during pandemics. So, we find ourselves in the middle of a mass medical experiment (both at the level of lockdowns and at the level of never before applied gene therapy treatments that are erroneously being called vaccines). In the middle of such an unprecedented experiment, although it is important to right the inequalities that are endemic to so many societies, there is absolutely no way to guarantee that everyone will be ‘safe’ in the medical sense of the word.