I have a concern.
That concern I have is about what comes after this Covid-19 pandemic is finally over.
Sure, like most people I dream of when the lock-downs, social distancing and scent of hand sanitiser are no longer ubiquitous. I like social interaction in the real world as much as anyone, in small doses, and I want to choose the time, place and person. But desperate times etc, etc.
So Let’s don our face-masks and get into my fears.
Look, let’s assume that we all know this shit-storm could go either way.
Either we are going to do enough to stop a repeat of the Spanish flu in the early 20th century,
or we’re not going to do enough, this thing explodes and we all get hit by the social and economic debris.
If we take option two, and let this thing run riot, be prepared.
The consequences of our actions will bear fruit on the other side of this, for better or worse.
If you think people lost their shit over toilet paper and pasta sauce, how do you think people will respond to a the inevitable rationing that would have to follow the incapacitation or death of a large slice of society. We haven’t seen rationing on that scale for 80 years. Most of the people who remember wartime rationing will have died. In this particular plague, they are Death’s target demographic.
My concern is also for what will inevitably happen after this current blight passes if we do the right thing, head this apocalypse off at the pass. Will we quickly forget the current unfolding horror when we look back?
When this is over, we can’t go back to business as usual. We’ve already lost 150,000 people and that number’s going to grow. We must remember right now, this moment. You’ve finally got the time to stop and think. How can you make the world a little better?
When this is passed, I can guarantee the tin foil hat brigade will arrive, supporting Trump regardless, and giving us all another 4 years watching the decline and fall of the USA into the bargain. Whichever way it goes, I can’t see it working out well for the US. Make America Great Again?
Take a look at every great civilisation in history and note what they all have in common. That’s right, they’re all history. What remains of those great civilisations are people. It’s the people that are the only thing that keeps the spark of societal evolution alive.
Government shouldn’t be about helping yourself. Government should be about serving the people and improving their lives. Instead,they’ve been lining their pockets and making their rich mates even richer. If ever there was a time for empathy in government it’s now. Government should be a tool for the people, not a bunch of tools screwing the people.
We got selfish, here in Australia, the US, pretty much everywhere defined as “The West”, and we’ve got the leaders we deserve.
A nod here to Jacinda Arden, New Zealand’s PM,who is exactly the kind of leader the world needs. My message to the leaders of the world is, be like New Zealand.
In Australia, the LNP and #ScottyFromMarketing fall somewhere between NZ and the US of A in their response to the current crisis.
Credit where credit is due, the LNP may have come a little late to the party but they have brought some supplies. Hopefully they won’t try and leave before helping with the clean-up.
So now, we’ve got this chance, to avoid the Murdochracy, check for real facts, you know, backed by peer reviewed research, and for god’s sake, don’t listen to Trump.
Let’s use this time wisely, people to think, to focus on what you can do to make a better world and then do the right thing.
Here’s some pictures to help you imagine a better world.
As always, comment below, start an argument, whatever floats your boat, but know that I’m all out of tin foil.
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