The virus didn’t leave when we told it to, now what do we do, riot in the streets?
As the lockdown continues, many people are going out of control, getting drunk, fighting with family members, angrily confronting medical workers, etc. Videos show doctors and others blaming these behaviors on the lockdown, in order to justify calling for it to be lifted.
I’m Number One!
What they’re really saying is that, because people aren’t self-disciplined and strong enough to control themselves and their behavior, we should put the rest of the public at risk. These self-centered people simply never developed the skills necessary to function under duress, when difficult conditions demand restrictions on freedom of movement to protect the… society as a whole.
But, as I said on March 8, “we’re not a homogeneous, unified culture, society, haven’t gone through numerous, lengthy difficulties together” and with instant gratification being one of our highest “values” things can quickly fall apart, despite our often repeated “We’re number one!” slogan. In fact, the battle cry now is more like…”I’m number one!”
So, because the virus didn’t leave when we told it to, some people are willing to abandon all reason, their safety and that of others, and possibly die, rather than be…inconvenienced.
Stop Complaining, Your Opponent Is Never Wrong
There’s an old martial arts saying, “your opponent is never wrong”, meaning that we don’t complain about what they throw at, or how they attack us, we just deal with it. Sometimes, when faced with a stronger opponent, we must be able to redirect, or yield to, incoming pressure in ways that help us to defend ourselves. That kind of attitude, response and adaptive behavior takes self-discipline.
But now we’re seeing what happens when people prioritize spending endless hours entertaining themselves into oblivion, with online games, gambling, celebrity worship, sports and pornography, hypnotically focused on their digital devices, and never having developed the necessary skills to function as real, self-responsible human beings, and not just insatiable, consumers and addicted game players.
When the electricity’s off, or the computer’s down, many people don’t know…who they are.
Impulsiveness over Intelligence
What many of the anti-lockdown protestors don’t realize is that, instead of being “great patriots fighting for their rights”, they’re really behaving like spineless wimps, who fall apart, break down, freak out and whine like petulant children because they’re not getting their way. Some, who take to the streets to protest this “imaginary” illness, have come down with it themselves; paying the price for impulsiveness over intelligence.
It also isn’t uncommon that some people, spurred on by rabble rousers, resort to thuggery and violence in the name of revolution. History shows that those who do are rarely reasonable, don’t have better solutions and often only bring chaos and anarchy. It takes more courage to deal with one’s own weaknesses than to pick up a rifle and hide behind a bandana while you threaten people.
Having never had our country relentlessly attacked, the challenges the lockdown brings to us, though harsh, are still minor, compared to the real restrictions, death and destruction many peoples in the world have experienced, as a result of being bombed, terrorized and killed by America’s various wars and invasions, etc. In that light, our lockdown is merely a slight “inconvenience”.
Don’t Forget the Conspiracy
As if complaining about the lockdown isn’t enough, some people believe that Bill Gates, the evil elite, Deep State, etc., have conspired to create this pandemic to enslave and take away everyone’s civil rights, to diabolically control them, etc. While that may or may not be true, where is the wisdom in running into the streets, gathering in crowds, getting sick and/or dying, if you want to help defeat all of these perceived enemies?
On a recent weekend, over 10,000 people in California, and many others in different cities and states, defied the lockdown to go to beaches, party, protest, etc.
This tendency to give into hedonism in the midst of a deadly, worldwide disease may also be noted by the enemies we’ve made over the past decades. Assuming that, as the prophecies foretell, we’re on a collision course with Russia and China, how might their military leaders view the masses of Americans who seek pleasure and escapism above all else, no matter the mortal threat to their lives?
How stiff a resistance would they expect from a people who live vicariously, through their favorite sports and movie heroes, but can’t handle the unforeseen challenges of real life battles, some with tiny, invisible foes…or the enemy within?
We can conjecture about many things, now that we have the time. But, considering the real, up to three month incubation period of COVID19, we may be able to draw better conclusions about how wise, or lucky, the partygoers in April were, by the time July comes around.
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