Sunday, May 10, 2020

What the pandemic has taught me

1. Humanity has taken more than its fair share from this biosphere. Nature is finally fighting back. Things will never be the same going forward. Get ready for a new vectored normal of fewer clustered people, slower economies, cleaner air but unprecedented climate trends with disturbing possibilities. Akin to post war times, some opportunistic regimes will emerge more powerful with acquisition of depressed or vulnerable assets.

2. Gone forever are the days of the 10 minute news clips before movies in the cinema. Welcome to the new world of two versions of the truth, one liberal and the other right-wing. News is now relentless, tainted with politics, motivated by profits, contaminated with each spin doctor playing pied-piper to their following.

3. A worldwide virus affliction should unite us, instead it brought concealing of truth, distrust and a blame game between nations and administration organisations. Globalization is giving way to nationalization and redistribution of manufacturing channels. A definite time to start changing loyalties away from countries that played others during these times.

4. We have lost the ability to own up for mistakes. An apology is now a sign of weakness and is never to be offered. The new norm is a "what-about" counter attack. Conversely, ombudsmen attacking a culpable party select information out of context and do not convey a real picture. There seems to be swift conclusions, lesser thinking part of complex issues.

5. Do not trust "experts". We are in uncharted waters.  Percentages of population infected, likelihood of fatality, timeline of normalcy, availability of vaccine estimates, economic trajectory of rebound or depression are guesses at best or junk data at worst. Irresponsible public figures cause widespread damage with misinformation.

6. Friends, family, music, walking, simply being outdoors are privileges I have begun to tremendously appreciate. Once lock-down restrictions are over, here's hoping we are more forgiving, kinder and more grateful versions of our former selves. Our future minds don't judge a person on their affiliations, associations but by their everyday actions.