NEW NORMAL

By Isis Win

Early this year, shortly after China announcing the multiple mysterious pulmonary deaths in Wuhan, China, I wrote a couple of blogs about the potential changes of a world epidemic spread of a fatal disease. At the time, little was known about this Sars disease named Covid-19. What was known is that it is exceptionally contagious, asymptomatic, and fatal in many cases. Knowing this immediately sent me to recall historical pandemics that killed thousands of people, changing the affected regions’ makeup. Life in those locations never returned to their prior status or what could be considered “normal.” I realized that will be the fortune of any affected nation.

It took weeks for the US to get momentum with the spread of C-19. Other countries set a precedent that all nations should follow. The only potential to stop this spread is by preventing it from going to places.  A forced lockdown was needed, followed by tracing. The US proved incapable of achieving that needed goal, so the next measure became clear: A mandatory proper face mask should be worn outside the home and observe social distance. We know the history and story of all that, so we reckon leadership failed to prevent massive losses of lives and stop the disease’s spread. Normal, which was no longer alive, now received the final shot, so life will change for almost everyone, and we would need to adapt to a “New Normal.” That was my topic a few times in my blogs. It was mostly ignored because by May still was believed, C-19 will no longer be a threat, and life would return as it was before. This is the middle of October, and we still are experiencing a wave of new cases and more deaths. Nevertheless, tracing is not available, and the usual way of attacking this potential threat, testing, actually has not appropriately happened or as needed. The stats of today are sad but much more that we are far, far from reaching a plateau we can call “normal.”

Normal stopped since the late 1980s when scientists discovered the massive hole in the ozone layer. Science stated that the reduction of this layer will create what we know as global warming. Global warming will change everything we know from our past and create a new reality that would be hard to cope with if we do not disappear first. Initial signs showed up but were lightly acknowledge if not altogether ignored. My favorite example of that, but not the only one, was the discovery in a region of Israel. The Jewish government hired a team of scientists to figure out why an area capable of producing large amounts of produce produced nothing.

At last, a scientist discovered that such region was bathed by a higher amount of Ultraviolet light that can be destructive to life forms. The discovery did not go anywhere. However, a coincidence joined that scientist’s work to a Ph. D. graduate’s dissertation claiming the same scenario. More massive amounts of UV light are hitting the US. The two scientists talked about it and figured that UV light is causing severe damage in several world regions. The reaction was not to set panic among the population—the end of the deal. However, “normal” could not be called that way anymore. Then the warning of Global heating came out, and so far, we have done too little to slow it down, much more to stop it.

Covid is suspected to be partly a result of global warming. No details to bore you will be noted here, but you can find plenty of info on the internet.

The vital issue in my blog is that we are not returning anywhere and continually are moving towards unknown lands. This resulted from both scenarios and others that no public talks about—air, water, ground, and food, presenting an apocalyptic scenario.

We are already in the 1st face of the new normal. What is it then? Some noticeable changes, such as the economic order, will be different, and it comes with its own series of new normal. Socially, for as long as C-19 is not entirely vanished, which may take years, social distancing and PPE may become mandatory. As well, the tracing and testing protocols will have to be renewed from time to time. The social distancing item will change almost everything we know. Large congregations of people: houses of worship, schools, factories, entertainment events, mass transportation, and just all gatherings in places not entirely free of C-19 will have to be observant of these precautionary measures. Traveling domestically and internationally will be affected too. Health facilities will suffer from changes, also as the practice of services. Most likely, food production facilities, starting from farms, to factories will have to be heavily regulated to avoid making them super-spreaders. That is just the beginning, and we will learn more as we go.

Perhaps the most essential new normal will be people’s attitudes. Many countries, including the US, had substantial numbers of people who would have to comply with the new protocols that will most likely require legal applications to enforce their compliance regardless of their reason to avoid the needed protocols. That has been the US #1 problem that did not help control the crisis but had increased the spread, numbers of deaths, and lengthening the time to maintain the spread.

These obvious measures will change several other “normals.” The use of powered vehicles most likely will be reduced, not because mass transportation becomes safe, but because of the financial impact on the working class. Employment has already been heavily affected. Although we will likely see increasing numbers of available positions, those will have to be carefully planned to secure their workers’ minimal travel. Clearly, millions of us will have to take the available job we can do, but we likely will not have many choices for that. The critical aspect is to entirely eliminate the disease.

So what about vaccines?  Cures? Both will be available at some point, but there will not be a silver bullet, but a lengthy improvement of both will require lots of time. Although cases are in the millions, asymptomatic people may be spreading the disease, and the numbers can escalate to a billion or more. We just don’t know, and we cannot disqualify anything until we know for sure. However, that is on the disease side. Suppose we do not curve global warming effects. In that case, we will be under a severe threat. not just by what we already know, extremely higher temps – lower temps, rising waters, increased and more massive natural disasters, etc. but other effects such as an increasing number of other infectious diseases. All resulted from our changing environment. More Sars diseases are prone to show up.

Clearly, the most dramatic new normal is that we have to assess our lifestyle, likes, preferences, etc. We have to adapt accordingly. Not doing it will increase the severity and frequency of all threats, and many may sum-up together wiping entire regions and numbers of lives. What is essential now is to abandon the idea of returning to the normal we knew before.

THE WORLD IS SCREWED UP, WHY?

Valle de Bravo before the lock-down. Gorgeous tress every where!

By Isis Win

Through the frequent chats I have with people, locally and through the internet, I hear people throwing a statement about the world being upside down and then wonder the reason for that. I reckon the world is not as most believe it was, but I differ with this idea.

Since the inception of the industrial revolution, the world changed, not gradually, but fast and massive changes took place. Considering what it was before and it turned into, in less than a century, it is expected that the world could go in the wrong direction, and the time available to fix it was too short and shallow. Just the advent of the car and electricity changed everything the world was. Millions and millions of people of the world accepted and digested the comfort provided by the advance of technology. For instance, people in the US through generations did not travel more than twenty miles away from their homes, then they started to explore their neighbor states, and the next one, and their life became a different life. Electricity had a similar effect. Before it existed, it was “normal” to end daily activities after sundown and start after the sunrise. Not that people were not busy laboring or entertaining before and after those hours, but electricity extended to 24 hours the activity time and whatever can happen. The list grows as those two inceptions integrated newer technology.

As technology improved, just about everything in our personal and general world changed, and we went along with it. Population spread like rabbits; we accepted the enlargement of living areas, a buildup of larger homes spread, etc. (now shrinking). We consumed more of all types of resources. How much of that expansion was prepared for the negative impact? Just electricity shows a perfect example.

Electricity consumed vast amounts of coal. Coal created a considerable amount of contamination, then power plants came, and a war between suppliers of energy sources started. Solutions were designed and placed, but problems continue growing and growing. We people reacted in the very same way technology changed and changed us. Issues were “fixed,” but the number of problems increased as well the population and spread of people, the more problems appeared. The result, we have enough to worry about the consequences of that and that. A few things were addressed, but most were not and all based on the cost and revenue of whatever was in sight.

Everything started to fragment here in the US. Divisions multiplied among all sorts of differences among us, but we manage to keep our act together. Then, we have to count government actions. Among the different administrations, there were good and bad ones. Every admiration focused on one, two, or more issues, but many were untouched. Politics aimed (a promise!) to fix them, but every person representing a location wanted to be favored. With so many states wanting a piece of the cake, the cake is to be divided. Their representatives are getting a piece as well. However, some satisfaction was achieved, by any means- all problematic issues were not addressed—that increased level of the crisis, which sooner or later affected everyone.

Among the many not dealt issues of the past is racial discrimination. Slaves, blacks were liberated and theoretically were able to seek a better life on their own – whatever opportunity they could find and meld with the rest of the population. Meld with the original people that once slaved them. Injustice against blacks, Latinos, Asians, etc. continued happening. Apparently, not much focus was placed on those issues because they were considered political, and the supporters of the politicians and politics were not in agreement on how to fix that. The problem was not fixed, and it created the Civil Rights movement that as well, was fought to death, killing the leaders of that movement. Although there is a gain through the desegregation process, ethnic groups still have been victimized by those not willing or able to support the civil rights act.

That is one problem, a large one, but as I mentioned above, the spread of everything came with additional issues that needed to be addressed in a timely fashion. We were on the right track until recently, but this administration conceived an idea that many of those improvements were not at all such. Such as our intent to move towards fixing or aiding the world’s environment- that has been causing massive deaths and material losses. Expect to face more and worse natural disasters because we are behind the needed action, to at least reduce its impact.

We are, where we are because of the simple fact of cause and effect. Nothing critical we have faced since the last century is an accident. We are looking at the impact, but it seems that we are going to leave any possible action to the next administration. We were already late, we have lost four years, and it will take more time to undo, the wrong by this administration. Include into that package, the racism problem that is causing more effects to be paid in the future.

Racism, right now and ever, is wrong. However, ignoring the roots of that problem will not serve a real purpose to what is needed. Although it is undeniable that different ethnic groups are not treated as our constitution mandates, we cannot turn a blind eye to see why so many people feel antagonistic against a minority group. Not many people are willing or able to voice many of the elements that are part of this issue. Because said statements, against any of these minorities, will be seen as another form of racism. There is so much to be said about this growing problem! Although I do not support the way racism has been dealt with in the last four years, I dare to say; there is some valid basis to feel wrong about some of the people in those minority groups. Whatever can be said, requires an in-depth examination based on real, reliable facts that the other end would oppose to it. Such as members in those minorities do not behave like the rest of the population does, which is part of our protocols, and they believe their anger entitles them to act wrong – to act violently. I see this prevailing situation among Latinos, blacks, Asians, recently Arabs, etc. If you are invited to my house, you have to behave accordingly; otherwise, you are not invited. People filled with anger because injustice exists have nothing to win by acting up their sentiment. The same way our government needs to look into the parts that increase this situation, not to find an ending all solution. Those minorities must examine how they can stop what a few of their members do: pour barrels of gas to an already ignited fire – for far too long.

This is one of the too many reasons it seems the world is upside down. We are facing a lesson that we cannot ignore, and if we do, as we have done in the past, the crisis will increase, creating more damage and cynicism around all of us and the world.

The real important issue now is we must start addressing what we can – in the proper order – because the view about a screwed up world – may become a full reality – when we reach the point of no return. We have loads of issues that require immediate action, so we can have a certain future, not like the future we have now.

END OF LIFE NOW?

by Isis Win

When listening to some people, I get their message regarding their belief that life is threatened, and it might be a sign of the end of it. Some dare to say only human life while others speak about the extinction of forms of life on earth. Often, when reading the headlines of several mass mediums, I read about an impending threat to life. Asteroids coming our way and with a size large enough to impair all sorts of life by darkening our skies. Or super volcanos activity that may do the exact same. Raising oceans that in their heads may cover most of the grounds where we live. I feel appalled when I hear things like that, but I concur with something that does not deliver the idea to them.

Sensing the end of life does not represent the end of life. That is a choice we all can make in our heads. It refers to the end of what we are in that particular moment, and we are about to enter a new way of being. Spiritual disciplines speak about this phenomenon as the death of the spiritual being transitioning into the new one—something hard to grasp to some people.

Fearing death is rational among us humans. It is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but removing that fear represents moving towards experiencing life in a new way. A better way that enjoys more things and creates a higher state of being. It is said that fear of death is fear to life itself. A potential subjective topic that most likely does not reach an end until the experience is digested. Meaning that we die and are reborn so we can appreciate that state of mind and soul accordingly to our new way of being or perception.

Indeed, we cannot take for granted the existence of physical life, which is closely tied to living on planet earth. Threats that can destroy life, not just humans, are all over the place. Wars, in my view, are the most definite potential to eliminate life as is. However, a nuclear war, for instance, although it can be possible, it is the extreme of how we humans can destroy human life. I see it more like a threat than a potential risk that brings such an outcome. Then we may ask ourselves and the people that make sure we and many others have nuclear weapons. Why do we have them? To entice fear to the potential enemy, so it does not mess with us. As in the case of Japan – that – preemptively attacked us and refused to give in.

Corona brought us a bit of that concern about life. Another Covid virus, according to specialists, can arise and wipe us from living for good. However, the message is not that we are going to die, but we must do what we can to make sure we live. Not just survive but to do what it takes to live our life fully. There are many detractors to get there. Such as our needs that demand heavy working, earning money so we can support our life with those goods but not truly – to live fully. There are several ways to live fully. To land in the right spiritual path, which requires sacrificing things that belong to the survival realm or simple comfort. Facts show that we create a need to improve our life – and to improve it – requires to make it more comfortable. Consumption becomes the sugar pill to live well.

The times we live in today speak about needed changes in many realms. Although those changes may reflect that we must change people, our government, the disparity among people, the power that controls us, etc., all true and valid, but the real changes do not start right there. They begin within, and the results gradually fine-tune the string of our soul. Therefore we take action to change the other things we need to. It is a curve in a process that goes up and down, so things change in another direction. However, for the most part, the course we take is more the result of gravity than our choice and dedication. Take, for instance, Russia converting into the USSR to address the need to remove the power and clout of the abusive monarchical regime, of the time before the revolution. The operation succeeded by removing them and giving a better chance to the neglected, but the reality is that such change made millions of people suffer as much or more than what they wanted to move away. Perhaps the French revolution succeeded better, but still, the will of the majority is waiting for their turn to be addressed.

In this physical order of us, perfection is nothing more than a lame excuse not to arrive at the end of the aspired goal. We are flawed. Therefore we will find more and more items to fix. But that can produce a good sense of living! For as long as we are part of it, meaning we are involved.

If we genuinely evolve spiritually and resume life as fulfilling, it will require not much to fix the angst that history shows is everywhere in the world. The spirit lives in the mind and body. Therefore we need to educate both to live with the real essential things of life, to share them, and to make sure that we no longer we invent excuses to survive but to live. Money does not grant that, but it makes things a little sweller. So that is the answer here? Like in everything else, moderation is the “secret.”

No one knows what happens after we die. However, I can tell you for sure: We do not go to hell or heaven. Those are images created in our heads, so we remain inside the loop and conform to the established protocols. Since we are to stay as societies, we follow suit, but it is not a matter of breaking what already exists to start a different way to approach living. What we need to change, to begin with the right foot, is that we must feel from the core to the covering layer of who we are, that we cannot disfranchise others because they are not like what we are. The secret of living life is to grasp every bit of life, and every bit is you, I, and everyone that still is on the surface of this planet. While doing so, we protect everything there is, and if by any chance we are to die, we do not die alone. Wherever we end up going, we go together and start of a new leg of another life. Not in hell, not in heaven, but wherever we end up. So, maybe we all need to die spiritually, so we are reborn as the people that we are NOW and can enjoy better what we become, we are really alive and enjoy it fully. There is nothing to despise, hate, and dislike, to judge, etc. any human parts of life. I am referring about bringing rebirth in a way that we do the walk of what we do the talk. Got it?

I DO NOT WANT MORE SAD NEWS!

By Isis Win                                                                                                                          1169 words

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I bet many readers feel like myself; I do not want more bad news! The situation already is bad news, so spare me from that. I feel twice the weight of that because what I have written recently carries bad news. I am aware anyone wanting to get the updates of the crisis of corona can look for them by themselves and most likely will try to find a reliable source. Not just the opinion of who knows who she is and have bad news to comment about.

I have a compelling reason to become the mailwoman with information that does not alleviate our concerns, angst, etc. My reason, the only reason is that regardless of the position we take regarding this bad moment, we have to chew reality – as is – as well. Almost no one is talking about it, and I hope that someone reading me grasp what they need to figure that our waiting is not to return to what it was before C-19.

I have heard several quite educated people in the field, and most throw one or two little threads to the potential consequence of this crisis. No one knows for sure, but the math is quite simple. Sadly the result shows that this threat can defeat even the wealthiest and most powerful nation of the world. Although our president insists on what some believe that he has done everything necessary to curve the effects of the threat, the stats show the contrary and not even counting the people in the scientific world say. But this is not about him. The important factor is that for as long as we do not get reliable and proven information, we are not preparing for the impending consequences. I wish everyone takes this ride to figure what goes inside, outside, and what is what they believe should happen. Yup! I wish that in four weeks, the entire world returns what I left before the virus. That is not possible, sadly.

I have insisted through my writing that the best possible solutions to everything rely on taking our deserved power and lead our life, country, and whatever comes next in the direction that is best to our entire community. That regardless of who we dislike or do not approve. Otherwise, we leave our future and the future of our children in the hands of someone that does not take a lot of looking; we find that is clueless about what we need as a person. No better example of that nowadays, so we must take that ball and move as we need it.

There are US presidents that carved themselves in history as the greatest ones. Such as the Roosevelts, Theodore, and franklin or Lincoln, well, there are more than a handful. However, not all of them were approved by everyone, and I bet some people despise even the most popular president. Then a sound question would be why? Take your answer, not mine, and respond to yourself this one. Is a team of players good when some of the players want to go this way and the other ones in the opposite? Place that question for the entire country and tell yourself if that is a viable path to bring America to its best and shining moment. Ironically during the toughest times in US history, most Americans join the exact same effort even many were opposed to it! The Grand Depression and the World Wars. That input of the entire country brought America to a standing applause that modeled the rest of the world and the incredible new world capable of achieving the greatest feast ever. We are still America, are we? Or did we change our name, flag, constitution, etc.? We still are great as before, but we have neglected more than a handful of things. Every candidate promises to fix them, but during their campaigning, the specifics were not mentioned, were they? As resilient as the American people are, our politicians should be, and without our pressure, that will not happen. The make of democracy, but the problem is that democracy and government are not truly in the hands of our elected officers. If you do not know who commands our policies, you are in dear trouble and likely will never be happy with everything.

We most top the divide created and ruled by those who direct our future to increase their power for the sake of their special interests. On both ends of the political spectrum, some unhappy taxpayers do not trust the government anymore. It is useless to think this is from the left, this is from the right, and we are going to win our opponents. Your opponents are not a sport’s team! They are members of our government that you or the others chose. Did they deliver what they promised? Not for as long as that does not comply with those special interests. What about our interests? We want migratory reform, not an expensive and useless wall to celebrate the man who did not deliver us that needed reform! But that reform cannot simply be as what the KKK did not so long ago: get rid of all those X%&#!!! From our land or I kill them! One of the major reasons we became the great nation of the 20th century cannot be denied. We are a nation of freedom, opportunity, justice, and more for as long as any of that does not threaten big money potential loss. Such as the pharma, health, insurance, energy sources, etc. that will fight to their teeth their money at the price of our suffering and anguish!

Some people are under the belief that Trump is managing this crisis right. The same people believe he is a generous guy. He is going to pass us money pitching in for our corona suffering. Anyone can believe what you want; again, this is a nation of freedom. But the evidence points clear that he is not in touch with everything but himself, and what about us? Well, we can relax and wait for him to act as our president, but for as long as we do not get our act together, nothing good can be expected! Well, maybe if you give him four more years, there is a chance? If you believe that, I laugh at your face because in his almost four years he has not delivered A Great America Again, does he? So what makes you think you can expect something from the person that said America First but never said who America is! Ad as is, not you nor me, just his chosen elite that put him there when he can barely speak, not much think and way lesser do but to con and the entire nation and spread billions of dollars among them and members of his family. The greatest challenge and winner clearly is the master of the apprentice! And the apprentice got shit! Oh well!

NOW, WHAT?

By Isis Win                                                                                                                        1216 words

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I have been in a beautiful town in Mexico called Valle de Bravo. the lake you see in some of my recent photos is filled by the series of mountains that surround the town. There is a dam that releases daily large amounts of the daily collection of water. This photo is from the #1 run of water called Bride’s Veil. it is huge and powerful. the boulder you see in front is the size of a car and this section is only one third of the waterfall.

We have a pandemic threat that threatens life by the millions, and no one, absolutely no one is safe – if contaminated. No country in the world will be spare at this point. There is a belief that wealthy people will be safe if resourcing to their wealthy toys such as their yacht, mountain retreat, private island, even the shelter they built in case of a threat of this caliber. No one – read; no one will be spared. The wealthy will have to deal with the loss, massive loss of their wealth, and see how they can manage a new order that never was planned.

This issue is like an onion. Layer after layer to get to the core of the issue. There is no way to jump into the center and tackle the issue for good. A simple way to look at it is = this is a global issue that deeply depends on the reaction not just from others but everyone. Another layer is how we can achieve our desired goals considering that this threat is changing since the starting point, our world as we remember. Nothing can remain as it was while the crisis still exists. Just a tad of knowledge reveals that this will not be a short-lived crisis, and upcoming layers will provide us the possible landscape in our future.

Another layer is what is going on inside of each of us and how we process the discoveries we make, if we are prone to process our inner thoughts, feelings and arrive at the habits we have developed over the years and check what works and not, we found a great start. This change undeniably forces us to go along the changes, whether we want to or not. How do we adjust is the grand question.

Like most today, I talk to a lot of people daily and learn about their views.  Like how do they get informed? How are they coping with the lockdown? How are they feeling about not knowing for sure if their job will still be there because their employer may not survive the financial impact of the lockdown? How are they going to deal with money to support themselves – perhaps others? In general, I talk to them about what is and what to expect.

Frankly, I am surprised that so many are clueless about what is happening and how they can integrate their life to this unexpected order. I know many will be caught by the surprising results when we end this crisis. Maybe time will hook them into getting into the loop, but time matters a lot. As time mattered about how fast and deliberate we reacted to this threat. I can say we flunk in the USA. And still, we are not moving in the necessary direction. Such as having extensive testing, bringing the needed resources in case the release of the confinement people creates another spike (more beds, equipment, health workers, etc.) so can deal with the new issue. Another layer of the onion that we should be prepared before we open anything.

The inner part is a tricky one. With more than 40 years of experience and knowledge about the psychological well-being of men or lack of thereof, I am worried about this layer. Furthermore, by looking at some of the public response about the situation. There are so many layers in this case. Such as disregarding the needed measures to avoid contagion and further spread, the focusing on idiotic theories about where, when, how, etc. this disease comes and a direct culprit of it. On that, so many people, including Trump’s blame of China. The responsibility started by the fact that their authorities aimed to halt a possible panic that most likely would push people to run everywhere and further spread the disease. As well that they were caught by surprise as the rest of the world, and they believed having the situation under control. Later, they attempted to stop the spread of any information that could trigger the mentioned effects. The scientific world report clearly states that the Chinese dealt with the problem properly. There could be better, but they were not because they did not care or were irresponsible, the severity and complications of the issue brought the Chinese mistakes. Same with the World Health Organization (WHO). Their place in the matter involved perhaps hundreds of layers, and they were imperfect. Again, possible a thing or two could be added, but the severity of the issue mostly only allowed them to focus on specifics that were at the time more important.

Now, us, you and I, and the rest. Considering once this is over, we are going to feel, think, and live as we remember, but that is simply unrealistic. The external factors are of extreme importance; at this level, they are irrelevant because the true solutions to the impending effects can only be managed internally in a predictable way. Adjusting is the trick. I do not know how others can process information, but I know that inside of me, I read a message that describes a radical change of lifestyle. Not because my lifestyle is wrong, but my lifestyle will not meld with the upcoming reality. However, I reckon that for a long time now, I have seeing cues about elements of my lifestyle that were not proper/good considering what has been going on with the planet, our country, and large numbers of our people. But do not take me very seriously because maybe I am too much of an introvert, and I always rely on the dialectics of the method to make sure what I am thinking results in an accurate and realistic outcome.

My inner side: On the other hand, I experience sadness by looking at what is right in front of my nose. But on the other one, I feel grateful that this painful experience is forcing me to look into what in the past; I simply glanced and did not do much about it. However, there is one part that changed in myself since I started to discover this. The way I felt and reciprocated to what truly matters not just in my life but this entire physical presence of mine. My feelings of love and gratitude grew tremendously, and the concept of being loved or not – vanished – to loving everything I see, think, perceive, and I am deeply grateful for all of it. In other words, I learned the key to focus entirely in within, make the needed changes there, and I find true and credible harmony in all. Including in this crisis that somehow I knew it was possible to happen anytime, and I feared it could during my lifetime.

OK, we are at the beginning of it, and I am coping with it properly, and believe me, it produces deep sadness in myself, but the result is I am learning the lesson enclosed, and I am acting to the best of my ability. I hope everyone is in that place, keeping themselves safe and finding the teachings of this crisis by dealing with their inner parts and contributing to the well-being of others that are in a much more difficult place. It is the perfect time for that.

DENIAL AT ITS BEST

By Isis Win                                                                                                                        1171 words

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Taking the pictures behind the flyer, way high up. This is the town where I am passing the Corona threat. Quarantined of course!

When I see denial, I recognize it right away; I am an expert on that. Rather, I was an expert after living in denial for so long, but that is another story—a story no relevant before the threat we are facing.

The denial is about the coronavirus and consequences. A threat that a little thinking reveals that the order we are familiar with, no longer will be. A good question about that would be, are the new elements raised by this crisis good? You have your own answer. Mine is that most likely, people at large will reconsider the vanishing order and the changes it proposes. Starting with: taking life and its threats so lightly is plainly unconscious and idiotic.

Except during war times or massive famine, we pass through life as if life will go on as the precise moment we were living before that. I can say, we take life and what sustains it for granted. The best example is how our planet has been changing, and the little we are doing to bring it as it was, even to keep it as it is now. Heavy denial is the culprit. We can assume that recycling more, selecting our trash, and perhaps owning a better energy-efficient vehicle is enough, but the truth reveals that such is not enough. Denial shines highly in that realm.

When we watch the news, if we do, and talk to others, we find that believing in this threat revolves and revolves in tones of conspiracy theories, manipulated information, and a loss of personal character and that is true, that is real. Really? I am convinced most are reacting as if the destructive pattern of the threat requires honoring social distancing, wearing proper protection, and many, helping those whose life is more affected such as the poor and the elder, is the only threat, a threat that nobody wants. However, among the news and what we learn from others – as well – we figure some do not believe it or take it as seriously, what the threat is. It is not surprising seeing this reaction considering this during this crisis, we are almost powerless, and the effects can change everything we know and remember. We do not want to be changed; do we,  do we? NO! Even if remaining as we know it can take our life.

When I lived through the civil unrest in Central America that resulted in war in Nicaragua, the soldiers were killing and disappearing lots of people like nothing. The guerrilleros almost did the same, but I saw too many people disregarding the issue that threatened everything they knew. They acted as if nothing is going to change. Just watch that no one with a gun if looking in that direction. Now we know, Nicaragua is a socialist country and shows no future but more poverty and distress. That is a major change that most people seemed to ignore.

We are not in war, becoming socialist, nor changing anything regarding our country as it was conceived more than 200 years ago. We are changing priorities and how they can affect us, but we are forced to do that now with this threat and crisis. However, we clearly are not in agreement as to what is best to do to eradicate the threat and stop it, so we can start a “normal” life again. The day we all join exactly the same effort to minimize its effect, will be the day we get close to our goal. However, we are far from getting there.

What can we possibly do more? More than we are doing? I repeat myself; we have to do it together, not just some or a few. It is great most of us are acting properly, but the other minorities can affect negatively the efforts of most. I saw a note at Tweeter that says: When we are more concerned about saving our economy FIRST than savings lives, our country already is sick. Opening cities, states, businesses, etc. requires extensive and effective testing before getting there. We are not doing that – even to protect the less affected places, much less to open our economy. Testing is to minimize potential extra contaminations before opening our economy. That means, to keep the ill quarantined and the healthy to return to “normal” life. Still observing social distancing in case an infected person is out on the street and, of course, counting with the proper protection.

Not observing these precautions as testing and full social distancing is a denial. Those in denial are risking their lives and the lives of others too. But that is not the seriousness of the case. What is, is extending the crisis.

Scientists and smart people like German Prime Minister Markel have spoken. They insist the threat is real and requires utmost thinking and reaction. But many other rulers accompanied by their citizens, believe there is no need for any of the suggested precautions. What that shows us is that denial needs extensive work to become part of the true and proven effort to curtail the crisis. Well, that is part of the internal work to ground the feet and act responsibly, morally, and ethically.

Denial, I’ll say, is part of human nature. Nature that in “idea” reduces the stigma of the threat, so we can go on without being wrapped by anxiety and concern. However, that is not a fix to that worry, much less to the problem. It is just a delay. Every single person, threatened by this or that should reflect on the threat and adjust accordingly. That can shorten the crisis many folds, but as well, if we are truly together in a fix, harmony among us can prevent the impending chaos coming from other threats in check.

The main problem here is a little deeper than ignoring the problem. I’ll leave consciousness out of this equation. It deals with the level of education necessary to discern properly what is and not. I am not talking about academic knowledge, I am talking about street education that helps to survive in hostile environments. Sadly, that will require massive changes because, more often than not, what we know has been passed to us through others and accounted as reliable. We really on what others say, not our common sense or our smarts say. Racism is a perfect example. Globality does not leave room to despise others because we consider them different, unprovable, unlikeable, negative, toxic, etc. We all are part of this global order, and we all can be either aided or opposed by those we believe are not worthy of our respect. Law-abiding people should be respected regardless of our ideas. In fact, ideas are just that, ideas, and we will do great to delve into the validity of those ideas to change what is best to ourselves and others, likable or not. That requires information that leads to education. Education offers options that can be effective unless proven, bad, or defective. But proper information, meaning proven and reliable, have almost no chances to be wrong. Again, educating ourselves may provide what we need to evolve in a civilized and harmonious world. Denial is the antithesis of getting there.

COVID 19 EFFECTS

By Isis Win

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Perhaps the majority of people around the world are aware of the destructive path of this new virus. Scientists, although they already know a lot about it, still are puzzled by some of their findings that find no answers to find a fix. However, they inform us as they learn, and we cope with it as we can. This last phrase is a total fallacy on my part. It is a fact that only a handful of countries are coping with the best possible way with the threat. Us, the USA, are lousy and regardless of the efforts of scientists to warn us about the threat of broad propagation that can extend the quarantine period possibly to several months, and thousands of more casualties seem not believing the threat. I refer to the people still gathering in groups disregarding the mandates and suggestions and absolutely everything that common sense dictates. However, some are getting in the loop. To make it work, we all need to act accordingly to what is happening NOW!

I see beyond the virus’s threat. I see numerous other consequences by having a highly contagious asymptomatic disease. Beyond the danger to life and painful suffering when severely infected, the result will leave threatening marks of heavy pneumonia or organ damage.

The impact of global spread at the speed of a jet put us into a lengthy quarantine that we are not used to dealing with it. A long quarantine affects our emotional state because being in close quarters and unable to continue having a normal life is not natural. Missing going to work/school every day and maybe gathering with friends after work hours not only affects our body but our mental state as well. Our pocket, regardless of any help from the government, will be severely hurt even if we count with substantial savings. After the offered relief from the federal government, that most likely to grow much higher than 3.2 trillion dollars, the expense will have to be paid for it. We can “afford” it now through the massive printing of those mega dollars to bail us out from falling into the largest financial depression in the history of the world and the US. Who is going to pay for that, and how? Millions and millions of businesses will struggle, perhaps shut down because of their loss of revenue. Airlines, hotels, land transportation, restaurants, stores of all kinds, large retailers, just about every service known to people and thousands more, are getting too close to the abysm now. The longer it takes to pull out of it increases this crisis exponentially. Mass media is also challenged. Most people, after a month and more, do not want to know the bad news, and almost every single outlet there is will have to clean their act fully and stop the diffusion of unreliable information. They may have to fold-out not just because they are losing the audience but because people are fed up by their lack of awareness and consciousness about their audience. The health industry is receiving a huge blow too. Not just because of the demands of this threat but the thousands of losses of people in the industry. People will reconsider being part of an industry that was ignored by our top officer in our country and allowed the entire crisis to become a double threat. Politicians, the whole political realm will have to fix itself drastically. Politicians will have to renounce to their preferences and focus on what is needed now and less targeting on the taxpayers and voters. Businesses will have to learn new ways to sell their goods and stop the mentality of use and discard because there is a new and improved version. Energy producers and consumers will have to reconsider all means of energy dependency and use and curtail it to the very minimum.

Socializing will have to change drastically, even when it is announced that the threat no longer exists. The danger will not go away for a long time, and the possibility of a new outbreak will exist for a long time after that last case is pronounced. Who wants to expose their selves and others? As in the case of HIV and venereal diseases, spreaders of the illnesses can be charged with a punishable crime when knowingly they passed it to others. Even the internet and every means of communication will have to change one way or another one. The threat of becoming incommunicado is potentially large if we consider that we heavily depend on satellite technology that can possibly be destroyed at any moment. Consumption will be greatly affected and not for good.  I wonder about service workers not been able to get hired.

Another an accounted result or effect: Once the virus is not a threat, everything, absolutely everything, will have to be thoroughly disinfected. Can you imagine a supermarket cleaning everything in their store to ensure it is perfectly safe? Now imagine thousands of stores, supermarkets, etc. having to do that. That is the only way we can count in a not possible resurgence of the threat.

Everything we know will be affected deeply, and that will change everything we remember before Covid 19. We will prevail and move forward, but doing it exactly as it was before C-19 is a no-no that we must respect. Why? Because our emotional and financial state and common sense will dictate that we look for our known past instead of looking at our present and possible future. We must prepare for a forced change or . . .

Although we can say life before was awesome, it does not take brain science to reckon that a lot was wrong, way wrong. That is the element that caught us by surprise. We were not ready to deal with something like this, and although the majority of the people in the world acted properly, too many did not. That number that acted as if this was a government hoax or their saint will save them instead of I can die also, or I can pass it to someone I care about, that number is a secondary threat. Our only choice is to act according to the size of the threat.

I have heard tons of people saying this threat is karma, and we are paying the price of our lack of consciousness. Well, we are destroying our planet. We are allowing entire species to vanish. We are killing each other because some ideas that in the 21st century are proven false and are the result of manipulation by some kind of greed—the law of cause and effect they claim. My perception tells me that we behave one way or another one, consciously or not. That means we are not prepared to deal with issues like this disease, a major natural disaster, financial meltdown, etc. etc. we are unprepared to deal with global issues like those. If we are as “unlucky” as we have been for almost four years, we will not count on someone that truly can bail us out by leading us in the right direction. We now know what the wrong direction is, right? America First and a Great America Again are just catchy slogans if they do not deliver the good to those that believe in that. What really matters and is us does not necessarily mean you and I. It can mean the benefit is for those that preach what they cannot deliver but not even have the intention to provide it. That prompts for a huge change, but that change only happens if it starts in our own selves. I do not get tired saying the same thing: A broken team will never beat the opposing one, especially if the opponent team is one solid piece with no holes in it. Solidarity will take us in the right direction!

Stay safe and well!

What a storm! Thank goodness, FEMA will pitch in to recovery, but . . .

Mega-Storm

Satellite image of Sandy approaching the Mid-Atlantic area.

By Isis Win

Disclaimer: English is my second language and regardless of all my efforts, I fall short to master it in a way that I make myself easy to read. Please, be patient and hopefully you get the idea at the end of my text. However, feel free to leave any criticism, suggestion and comment. That will help me and expedite my learning of your wonderful but no so easy language. Thanks!

A perfect storm hits the east coast to teach many that we cannot assume life is free, safe and fun when it comes to mother nature. In fact, when we think of mother nature, although we can get awed by the beauty that most of us appreciate so much, it will do from time to time what it is due to do. Those other natural things that disagree with populated areas and lives. Scientist frequently have offered their opinion in this regard to bring consciousness about a natural global change that will onset what we have known historically. Weather patterns are changing and with them, disasters that although no new in our planet, today, they are unprecedented. This mega storm makes the case clearly. Nevertheless, although sadly it brought a loss of two dozen plus people and damage still is not truly evaluated, we know it is something that will take quite a long time to fix it. It is estimated that it will exceed the one billion dollars, perhaps two. Since we all are familiar with the caliber of this disaster, I will spare you from reading redundancy. Instead, I will like to address part of this mother nature reminder. Same that I blogged about, a year ago when Romney during a debate to gain the official republican nomination, stated that FEMA’s budget needed to be reconsidered and his statement clearly sounded like it should be reduced or removed. Our lower financial health is the number one national security threat. Managing our budget to pay off our national debt to foreign loans and reducing our growing deficit is a needed action to take place right away. Reducing or removing federal aid to FEMA would be as dramatic or worse than ignoring the budgetary problem or the mega storm itself. The voice that presented that scenario, is the voice of a business man who sees opportunity on simply shutting down an ill businesses and sell what is left as a scrap. Fine, if that works in that business but removing federal aid to the nation’s problem does not any promise eliminating that national threat. Interestingly, Romney’s supporters missed the eloquent value of that idiocy of his when addressing a needed federal change that he only could deliver. Today and again, he changed course and supports FEMA’s needs. He is going to do whatever he feels is necessary to grab the sit even if he does not mean what he says or he says what he doesn’t mean.

When Al-Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers, didn’t exclusively contemplated the immense loss of lives the caused. All involved well knew that in order to hurt the USA, putting the country in a precarious financial situation would do much more damage than anything else. Certainly there were huge financial losses as result of this attack. But the American resilience overcame this promptly and effectively. However, as well, that attack was an aggression that provoked action and such action will be reflected in a military response that would cost the US a fortune. This situation was so cleverly managed by extremists, that British and American intelligence gathered false information that pointed Saddam Hussein involved in the attack and that Iraq owned weapons of mass destruction. Even though the UN inspectors insisted that was not the case. Ten years later, not only we know that was false, but we added five thousand lives into our loses and financially, the US was in need of borrowing a few trillion dollars to finance the wars. We can look with positive eyes at this military effort if we wish. Using the fact that Hussein is no longer in power so there is no threat and as well that Bin Laden and some of his top people are no longer – adds to this justification that most would or will celebrate. But the financial damage is here and it will be extremely difficult and lengthy to fix. We will, as we had with many other troubles. It will require loads of compromises, perhaps sacrifices, such as a tax increase once the employment numbers improve but reducing the programs that usually are reduced such as education and FEMA in this case, will not pay off as the businesses that made several million dollars to Romney. However, there is one impending threat that nobody has anything to do with and no one can stop: Mother nature.
Whether we are passing through a man created global change or it is part of nature’s cycles, it is clear the natural disasters of the last decade or so, are beyond imagination and extremely costly. Those disasters will not cease for as long as the weather patterns do not return to the known old patterns. The presence of natural mega tragedies will continue happening and that not only will impose a grand amount of dollars costs but as well, will make unstable our economy every time a grand disaster happens. I bet you that couple of days the Stock Market closed, because Sandy, will cost several millions of dollars to investments.
We’ve seeing huge and strong hurricanes and many more that were usual. Uncanny sand storms, unbelievable rains producing massive floods, droughts unparalleled to our records, extreme temperatures. immense wild fires, and more. And there is no much we can do about it, but endure it. As if that would not be enough, our seven billion population make this tragedies a tremendous losses due to death and displacement of massive numbers of people. This has been happening all over the world not just here. And when these tragedies happen in other region of the world, although what we contribute to help those suffering nations is not significant compared to their tragedy, it adds to our financial toll. But we cannot close our eyes to the pain and suffering of the world. That is not the role of the most powerful nation in the world. Unless we don’t care for what the world perceives of USA. As well, we have to look at the secondary results of these disasters. Gasoline and food go up and even after the situation is normalized, they stay up. Take for instance, Florida recently faced one of the worse freezes in history. Citrus went up at least 50% or more. OK, demand is large, supply is low. However, the prices never went down after they resumed normal production. At least in the Mid-Atlantic area. Same with gas prices. Demand went up, prices went sky high. Demand went down and the small reduction of those prices does not reflect the prices we were paying at the pump when we consumed those lower levels.

The solution to the financial US problem only have one solution and that solution does not depend on our government. It depends on all of us. But the government can very well help to a point that we move in that direction. We need more professional people in all research, development and implementation fields to export our advances and goods. But that cost money. Tons of money and Romney, contrary to Obama will like to reduce the budget for education and related resources. We need millions of professionals that collect incomes in the six digit figures and create new businesses through new technologies. However, wise investors such as Romney, will only invest in secured profit operations and new technologies are not that secured. Unless they prove it over an extended time. Take for instance Facebook. Personally, I do not appreciate the contribution of Facebook, but I admit, my imagination falls short to envision the future benefits of Facebook. However, that new field grew faster than anything previously known. I became parallel to Microsoft, Cisco, Google and many more newer mega million businesses. But investments into Facebook are not moving as it would a share from Apple or Goggle, etc. What is the problem with the investors? The want a secured, sure and fast return. OK, everyone is entitled to do so but we cannot disregard the fact that the USA became what it is, thanks to those professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists and manufacturers and workers. Our most important task is to secure we continue doing so and before other nation wins that technology. China as we speak, is moving forward and faster than any other nation towards Wind Technology. Because Solindra failed we should not push that industry? Obama took a risk and didn’t pay off. Oh well, so what is next?

The legislative body now, specially with the coming elections, is holding Obama’s power and initiative, so he is unable to make drastic investments and subsides to newer technologies. Something that he promises to do if elected. I hope so, because I am sure there will be many more natural disasters and at some point we are going to need to relocate massive amounts of people (think the coast line), develop, create and build new technology in home building industries. As well, we need to do whatever it takes to insure our water supply and agricultural areas are well if we are punished again by mother nature. Natural disasters not only kill tons of people and produce massive costs, but does not allow to survive properly those that heavily depend on meeting ends in this bad economy.

The Obama administration was on top of Sandy. Hurray for Obama! At this point, a few important people are recognizing that this has been the storm of the century. I hope the worse that NY city faces ever! FEMA is ready to tackle the humongous task they have in their hands. Both legislative parties seem to be in agreement about providing the needed funds to FEMA and the rest is a matter of time. Hopefully we put this in the past promptly and likely we will forget about it during the election day. But we maybe thrown back into remembering it, depending on who is elected. We don’t need another Bush and Katrina. Hopefully, Obama receives the deserving credit for being there when he was needed and wins this election. As you can see, at this point I truly know who I am voting for. I am voting for progress, change and a future that we all can count on!