When all the news is bad news, how do you get through the day? By ignoring it and hoping it will go away or by distracting yourself with menial takes, with things to do throughout the day? I don’t know what the answer is, or how you cope. But for me, it’s been writing these posts, trying to keep to as much a routine as possible, and limiting my news intake severely to once a day, if that.
I know it’s not healthy to yell at the TV or iPad in righteous indignation, and outrage, it’s not going to change who Trump is, or how stupid some people are, or the fact too many act like lemmings hell bent of throwing themselves off the cliff, into the sea, following the lemming in front of them.
When and if we get out of this, and a remnant of humanity is still standing, and after all is said and done and the finger pointing is finished with, and someone sits down to write the history of survival, I wonder what they are going to write.
The truth? A series of half truths? And what exactly is the truth anymore? Certainly, I don’t think history will look back at this time, and think we handled the situation, if at all. And this is not the first crisis, nor will it be the last, but more likely one more in a whole string of events and pandemics that will visit us over the coming years. The frequency of which just might bring us to our knees. These will not be a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, or once in a generation.
Pandemics may become the new norm every 5-6 years as groups of people continue to go deeper into the jungle, further into uncharted territory, And we, as a species, will either have to adapt, or, as they say, go extinct.
Humanity, extinct under the weight of its own hubris. Not quite a fitting epitaph but maybe an apt one.
And all this as the headlines, this morning, have Trump declaring the crisis is over, and America will be open for business just as soon as he can dismantle the US in order to do it. While Japan finally declares a nationwide state of emergency as their country’s outbreak worsens. And America withdraws funds from the World Health Organisation, who declared Europe the centre of the pandemic, today, and as astronauts from the space station landed safely in Russia to a very different world than the one they left just a few short months back.
Nothing, as they say, will ever be normal again.
Meanwhile, rambling thoughts aside, stay safe out there, people, and take care of you and yours.