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Are We Losing Our Freedom?

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Our Post-Pandemic Normal

Are you feeling like you are losing control? Losing control of your life, your health, your ability to make your own decisions, of your family’s freedoms?

The new decade of 2020 roared in existence filled with promise. I, like everyone else waited with bated breath for its arrival. So arrive it did, greeted with much applause and with it came H-A-D-E-S! And per biblical warnings it has brought the equivalence of seven (7) more demons with it.

Somewhere around early January we began to hear surreptitious whispers of this new virus aka Coronavirus aka COVID-19. This mysterious killer supposedly originated in Wuhan China. This intelligent killer that supposedly crossed species from bats to humans. Here in the US, and I would venture to say, like much of the rest of the world we thought that it would not touch us. That we had nothing to worry about.

Well we were wrong!

Our leaders took their own sweet time closing the borders and when they finally did, the proverbial horse had already escaped the stables. Or did it? Had the theoretical horse already been placed outside the gates? Surfacing evidence suggests the latter may be true.

There are so many conflicting theories on the origins of this new killer that it leaves your head spinning with the what-ifs. Whatever the method / means / purpose of this Revelation-sized monster, one thing is certain, it has been let loose upon the earth. Presently a few truths have been glaringly obvious.

We are no longer free!

Image shows a locked door to depict the loss of freedom.
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Here are some of what we have lost thus far:

  • We have lost the ability to make our own choices.
  • We have little, none or have completely lost confidence in our leaders.
  • We have lost our livelihoods.
  • We have lost the abilities to make our own decisions and to feed our children
  • We will have little recourse than to follow the rule of the government/masses and that is; to social distance, wear a mask, stay away from each other, etc.
  • We have lost the right to “needed” healthcare.
  • Our kids will not live in a free society.
  • Many of us have lost relatives.
  • We are losing our lives as well.

For our future interactions:

  • We may all be required to wear a mask and possibly gloves for the foreseeable future.
  • To travel / fly / interact we may be required to present a negative COVID-19 test or present our person with ample time to be able to be swabbed and/or checked for a fever before being able to board or transact business.
  • We will be required to have a mask/gloves on while travelling.
  • We may even be required to submit for blood tests and nasal swabs to check for antibodies before we are allowed to work, play, eat, shop, play and even live.
  • We will be in food shortage crisis and hunger will be prevalent (food prices are already increasing more rapidly than they had since 1974).
  • We/our children will required (made) to take the vaccine before we are allowed to  be schooled or exist in society.
  • Anti-vaxxers will wage but lose the war.
  • School kids will do longer be free to play and go about as they see fit.
  • Sports may be played but for empty stadiums.
  • Vigilante justice will become the rampant, neighbors will be pitted against each other out of absolute fear and/or hate.

America, a country that values its freedoms above all else, anxiously watches as those freedoms are stripped away from her. Our world as we know it is most likely gone. Our new normal will be vastly different than the one we knew.

Our leaders have become the puppet masters and we are uncertain what or who to believe and of what to do. We may be asked to provide proof of health reminiscent of past wars, (better have your papers on you at all times).

I remain perplexed on Bill Gates’ role as an active proponent for vaccinations and for all things health-care? Does he have a medical degree? Did I miss something there?

What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Distancing: A New Concept?

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I was having a discourse with 2 of my co-workers here today. We were discussing our current times of course, and what could be the take away from it.

There could be valuable lessons remaining in the debris after the storm has passed.

Myself and one of the ladies, who was born in China, began recalling how the world was different in our younger years. There was a feeling of community then, this is no longer the same.

Our current call to social distancing, is it something new in America? We do not believe that it is, not really.

Social distancing is evident in many facets of life in developed worlds. We are often too busy. We have deadlines to meet, worrying about our bills, successful and competitive kids to raise, and so forth.

Trust is hard to come by, some persons do not play by the rules and we have to be mindful. But opportunities for friendships to develop present themselves and are often ignored. I am guilty of mistrust as well.

Most of us have always been practicing social distancing. Do we know our neighbors? Speak to many people in our communities?

We drive home, into our garages, never or barely say hello, lock our doors. Many would not recognize their neighbor who resides on the other side of the shared fence, if seen in a different setting. I know I wouldn’t!

During my childhood we were:

  • Raised as a community.
  • Taught to share.
  • Be respectful of each other and our elders.
  • We could be rebuked by anyone, does not have to be a relative.
  • Everyone passed and called out to the adults, you never passed without speaking to them.
  • Help each other, if older persons cannot go to shop, offer to help.
  • Any older person could ask the child of someone else to assist them with reasonable tasks.

I understand that this is a different time and place and I would not  let my child about with persons I am unfamiliar with, but adults could maybe do a little less social distancing and foster greater cohesiveness.

Once this storm has subsided, some take away lessons could be:

  • Being more friendly to each other.
  • Checking on elderly community neighbors.
  • Being kinder as a whole to ALL.
  • Offering to help each other as fellow humans.
  • Get to know others in our communities and alleviate some of the fear of the unknown.

We are mostly just people, generally with the same ideals, wanting the same things and just the chance to live in peace and provide a life for ourselves and our families.

Perhaps I am too idealistic … one can hope can’t they?

What are your thoughts?