The collective thinking of any race, or herd mentality, is a force to reckon with. Stupidity and confidence are two sides of the same coin. Knowledge through facts, and research guided by intuition is what keeps the world sane and logical. But when intuition (read over-confidence) becomes your source of knowledge, and you use research to back your claims, the world is bound to go upside down. Nature, although patient through most of our abusive behavior, does erupt in fury , every now and then. In bits and pieces (tsunamis, floods, droughts, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions etc) Mother Nature does send out warning signs. When we refuse to learn our lessons, every 100 years or so, we see catastrophes of a different kind. From Cholera, Plagues, Small Pox and Polio in the past to the more recent, N1H1, Zika virus, and Ebola viruses outbreaks COVID-19 was just waiting to happen. Like all other generations before us, we just presumed we are way ahead of times and we can outsmart anything that comes our way. Unfortunately, to be ahead of times, you need to know what times you are in.
Out reactions to these unprecedented times is also, always and on cue, absurd. When its time for caution, we mock, and when its time to be patient and just calm, follow the rules, we panic and worry like it’s the end of the world. From “Tomorrow Never Dies” we reach “End Of The World” in swift motion.
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”– Swedish Proverb
Now that we are in almost a month of lock down (initially partial and when people didn’t realize the deep shit we’re in, it went complete, with essential movement allowed) already, and it is still taking some people to sink in. Now as drastic measures to completely seal hot spots are being floated, people, naturally, don’t pay complete attention. They panic instead. Don’t hoard, don’t fear. There is enough for everyone and more when you truly need it. When the chips are down, at least now it is time to be compassionate and show empathy. Remember, what goes around, comes around!