I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it: one individual’s mistake back in 2019 may have led to the deaths of millions of people around the world from COVID-19 and caused immeasurable suffering in the lives of the majority of mankind that continues to this day.
People are clearly fed up with the health restrictions designed by the medical profession and politicians to protect them. They’ve been taking to the streets in protest around the world almost since the start, especially in democratic countries where people had taken their freedom for granted. They are blaming politicians, some of whom must surely wish now that they had chosen a different line of work.
Still, for many of those angry over COVID-related restrictions in the West, they are a long way from facing other restrictions of life experienced by people in countries like, say, Afghanistan. I’m thinking of the women living under the Taliban regime now and how angry they must be — and angrier still that they don’t have the freedom to demonstrate in the streets.
The COVID pandemic may be far from over, health authorities say. The Omicron variant may be milder than preceding variants, but it’s still sending people to hospital ERs and killing people. And with each new case, apparently, there is a chance of a mutation leading to a new variant. No one really knows how deadly the next variant might be or what the long-term effects of previous variants might do to the health of people in a decade or two or three.
As so many health professionals have pointed out, the virus doesn’t care how angry people are about it. But the anger and the frustration are very real, and the health restrictions are, duh, most obviously having a detrimental effect on the mental health of so many people.
Meanwhile, as if a world reeling from the physical and psychological effects of COVID-19 wasn’t enough, leaders of NATO countries and Russia seem to be gearing up for war over Ukraine. Is it COVID-related madness and anger, too? Or opportunism? Or what? How is it in 2021 that leaders of nations would still send people into wars and kill thousands, perhaps millions of innocent folks in the process? How have we come to give these leaders — always dick-wagging men — the power to commit such atrocities?
I’m guessing there will be protest rallies around the world if NATO and Russia go to war, not that the rallies would make any more difference than the ones that have been staged against COVID health restrictions have made. Yes, people will be angry over the sheer folly of the madmen. I suppose venting their anger in protest rallies will give them some psychological release, just as COVID demos seem to do, even if they solve nothing else.
But all of the above is a mere prelude to the bigger crisis on the horizon: climate change. Billions of people will be affected — and they will be very angry about it. The COVID pandemic and a shootout between NATO and Russia will seem like child’s play by comparison.
Politicians are already taking heat for not doing enough to mitigate climate change. But, honestly, they have less hope in accomplishing that than they do in making COVID-19 go away. The climate damage is done. Mitigation efforts along with climate change rallies may provide some psychological release for people. But billions are still going to be displaced by climate change, if not killed outright.
As modern civilization crumbles under wave after wave of climate-related events, people will be angrier than ever before. They’ll blame politicians. They’ll blame the corporate leaders whose companies polluted the planet. They’ll blame the people who work in their plants.
But for now, few are seeing that elephant in the room.
They’re too angry about COVID.
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In the UK in 2003 the country had its biggest protests ever against the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, taking us into the Iraq war.
This was part of a world wide protest of some 6-10 million people across 60 countries on the weekend of 15 and 16 February (Wikipedia). The protests had no effect in stopping the war.
We may pretend that we live in democracies, but we don’t.
“We may pretend that we live in democracies, but we don’t.”
And how did the people who made those choices get into office if not from a democratic election?
Democracy is not mob rule. You elect your leaders to make those decisions. If you don’t like how they do their job, you fire them at the next election.
The biggest problem with democracy, particularly in the U.S. is how many people don’t vote.
The only good guy in the room is the President of Ukraine who is walking a very thin line, desperately trying to avoid having his country destroyed in the process. When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.
I hear the anti-maskers have pretty much shut the country down today.
Fred,if you are talking about the situation in Canada, that information is incorrect. I can’t comment on the situation here now, though, for professional reasons. But I am itching to write about it and will do so in due time.
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-Systemic political descent
-Nonsensical, aggressive political warmongering
-Disastrous global Climate change
I find it all almost too big, too omnipresent, too frightening to comprehend and all presented always with the most negative …(not to say thats not so)… slant.
Never mind the actual prospect of contemplating and talking about any realistic healing solutions.
So I have begun to consider it all from the core of basic human values and decency .
Each issue has it’s cause tightly aligned to humanity.
The similarities that bind us all have created these global horrors we all talk about stress over, worry about and live with .
Maybe it’s not such a far stretch to consider that if our human commonality created this mess, it holds the promise to
be able to repair it!
As simplistic as it may appear, I believe we need to start the process with some hope, positivity , confidence and belief in the reality of our humanity.
I read a few pages in a Cat Stevens book with one of my grandkids recently that brought smiles, although not in the right order… I think we all know them.
“Now , I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come, and I believe it could be something good has begun”
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately dreaming about the world as one.
Now, I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is ……
There’s a message in my ramblings someplace I just need to clear it up.
I do know we need positive constructive attitudes to begin and I feel that basic humanity will be at the core of the solutions.
the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Famine,Plague,War,Death 💀
I think, that like the construct of “g*d”, those 4 guys are also aggressively romantic creations of thoughtful minds.
If we begin aggressively thinking creatively about the reality that most of us want peace, positive creativity, harmony and understanding we could begin to melt the reasons to create those 4…