I cannot say this enough. Some folks just don’t seem to be getting it. They gather in crowds to watch a hospital ship dock. They gather to worship. They gather to get drunk, party and get laid. Governments refuse to enact enforceable curfews, quarantines and closings out of greed self interest and fear. People laugh together in the laundromat and they ignore the danger in the big box stores. Stay at home. So many people, especially the young generation, whatever generation they are called today, purport to care about society. Here is the new reality we are in.
The overwhelming of hospitals in NYC will soon be the reality across our nation. Without nurses and doctors our hospitals will not only be overwhelmed, but health care, and hope itself will die with the workers sacrificing their lives inside. The ability to obtain ready food and basic goods for survival will die along with the truckers and grocery workers.
It needs to be said. If you leave home for any reason, cover your face and maintain social distancing. And if you leave for unnecessary purposes you are an ignorant ass, a scoundrel, and you should be held in the vilest contempt by your neighbor. You, YOU are putting everyone at risk when you make these stupid decisions. The ONLY way we have to fight this disease on a broad scale is by impeding it’s ability to spread. And it’s ability to spread is being found to be far more insidious than previously thought.
They call it the invisible enemy. They like to talk in metaphors because the reality is much to stark. We need to stop that. This virus is death. A personal death. A lonely death. And if you survive long enough, the death of everything around you. The death of our society and our civilization. It kills indiscriminately, and it does not care. It will not go away on it’s own. Think mass graves and a total breakdown of the institutions that support civilization as we know it. This disease has the ability to become apocalyptic if we as a society make the wrong choices,.
And our way of staving that off and possibly arriving at a vaccine in a few months is so simple. Stay the fuck at home. If you must get out to get essential goods, maintain social distancing and hinder it’s potential to spread. But think….. Every time, any time you leave your little isolated pod of safety you run the risk of introducing this pathogen into that pod. Through the food you eat, through the clothes you wear.
We are a large, complex and interconnected society. That fact has the potential to help us or kill us. It is not difficult to Skype and Zoom with your friends and watch television from your sofa. And the consequences are far to dire to ignore that.
Do you think you can survive alone?
When there is no more law enforcement there will be lawlessness.
When there are no more firefighters, you will burn.
When there are no more utility workers you will not have electricity or water or sanitary sewerage.
When there are no more funeral workers there will be mass graves and finally bodies left to rot in place.
And when there are no more health care workers, you will die.
Do you know how to effectively use a gun? Do you have ammunition? Can you stop a fire from consuming your home? Do you have the tools, skills and knowledge to maintain electric and water service on a large scale? Or even repair a pipe or patch a wire in your home? Just how independent are you? Have you ever grown a garden? Butchered and consumed a dog? Do you have the basic medical and scientific knowledge to repair your broken body and prevent it from becoming infected? Do you know how to run a ventilator? How to intubate the dying? Which drug to give for what symptom? And do you have the scientific knowledge and facilities to independently develop a vaccine?
No. You do not. No one person possesses all this knowledge and ability. When the people who do these things for you are dead, those talents and expertise die with them. Our society is far to interconnected for any of us to survive alone. But our interconnectivity is also our strength as we isolate and mitigate the spread of this pandemic that has the ability to destroy mankind. Our interconnectivity makes it easy to stay in touch, console our friends and ourselves, gain vital information, and fight this killer. True, factual and prompt information is key. Wars are not won on brute force. They are won by intelligence and tactics. And our society is at war. Make no mistake about it.
This virus does not care. It cannot be frightened. It is the perfect killer. And it will slowly kill us all if our society does not survive long enough to develop a vaccine. That is our reality.
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