You have a choice here my friends. You can be all doom and gloom and wonder what horrible, terrible, no-good thing will happen next.
- or –
You can be all potential and hopefulness and wonder what good may come out on the other side of this.
I prefer the latter. Also, as I am a firm believer in the notion that consciousness creates reality it is the latter I would much rather create.
Change is inevitable. When you attempt to resist it you tend to just cause it to work around you and potentially leave you behind. That is why Trump, Brexit, and the far-right have the supporters that they do — because they are afraid of change, and that is being utterly exploited for somebody’s personal gain.
Before I go off track, however, let’s focus instead on what the world could look like after the social-distancing, self-quarantine, and other unparalleled current happenings after Covid-19.
A newfound respect for education
I am not a parent — but I have many friends who are. They are dealing with a lot of issues regarding having to still work their jobs while caring for and schooling their children. My friends tend to have respect for teachers (and many of them ARE teachers).
For all those who have been shitting on the education system and teachers in particular — this may be an eye-opener. While they currently have to deal with 1–4 kids — teachers tend to get 20+. Teachers have to deal with 20 unique personalities AND try to teach them necessary things like reading, writing, and arithmetic. Plus keeping them disciplined. All with next-to-no money and little support from the districts, parents, politicians, and general communities.
How have so many people forgotten what their teachers did? Why has education become such a target of abuse, ire, and disrespect? I still have fond memories of several of my teachers during my formal education. Most of my teachers were amazing people. When I still lived where I grew up, I would pay a visit to my 4th-grade teacher and say hi a couple of times a year well into my late teens/early 20’s.
Maybe now that people across the country are forced to be not just parents but educators, too, they will be more respectful of how hard teachers have to work. Maybe they will demand that their communities better fund education and put less into more frivolous and unnecessary matters.
I admit, even as optimistic as I am, I can’t see the federal government movie money from military spending to education. But, hey, I DO think this next election may shift the balance of power further away from the most selfish and greedy of those people.
Why yes, I AM an optimist. Thanks for playing.
More respect for the arts
So far, we have seen multiple museums offer up virtual tools so you can still visit them. Numerous musicians are providing online free concerts. I saw that at least a couple of writers are offering up some of their work for free so that you have something to read while stuck at home in self-imposed quarantine.
No pro sports are going on without fans present. They have not offered to play in empty arenas to the cameras. Yes, this is in part to maintain social-distancing, but they also want the revenue from attendees — and even television doesn’t provide the money they desire.
Culture tends to be defined by its art. Do you remember the teams that played for ancient Greek and Roman cities — or the art that was left behind?
Artists deserve your respect. Whatever medium they work in — words, paint, music, clay, wood, or what-have-you — they should be paid for what they do. Cutting funding to the arts lessens your ability to find beauty and to appreciate what life has to offer.
Also, when kids are bored and isolated, they can color/paint/sculpt/read/write when not on screens. The arts offer them a chance to express themselves and expand their minds.
Also — Kids tend to be quiet when reading/coloring and so on.
Sorry, pro sports — but we really need art in our lives more than we need you.
The importance of science
Why are we currently practicing social distancing, self-quarantine, and all of these extreme measures to try to lessen the spread of the coronavirus? Science! Science has shown us that these actions can stop this pandemic from being the worst-case scenario and having an even more negative impact on our lives.
Who is researching a vaccine and a cure for this? Politicians? Religious leaders? Pundits? Lawyers? Business moguls? Of course not — scientists are your researchers. This is what they do.
Science, not prayer, is going to save a lot of lives.
The technologies that so many of us are relying on now to stay in contact, do our jobs, entertain ourselves and our children — why do we have them? Science!
So maybe people will see that without a good base in science the world would not be capable of coping with this situation. The virus would be spreading even more and kill thousands that, thanks to science, it won’t now.
Perhaps people will recognize how important science is and stop denying it. Instead of listening to politicians and their bullshit they might see that scientists haven’t got any agenda but to better understand and improve the world.
Covid-19 isn’t a hoax. Do you know what else isn’t a hoax? Climate change and the impact it will have on this world if we do nothing to shift it.
Technology as a public utility
Not so long ago, television and radio were free. Yes, you had to buy a TV or radio to get them — but the signals are broadcast, free of charge, invisibly across the air.
No, most of the cable channels are only broadcast across fiber-optic and coaxial cables now. You need to pay for cellular phone plans in addition to buying phones to make use of 4G/5G frequency bands.
Yes, you also pay for power, water, and sometimes sewage as a part of public utilities. Even so, wifi and other networks to give you access to the internet are equally as important.
This is how you are reading this article. The internet is providing places where people can gather virtually and interact. It is not just a luxury anymore — it’s as necessary as water and power.
This is why net neutrality is important. More people need access to this technology because it helps everyone. Technology has been disconnecting us a lot — but now that more people are in isolation it’s the means to the ends. You need technology to stay in touch with one another.
Respect for other people
This situation may be perfectly fine for introverts — but the rest of us are going to miss peopling. Not being able to interact one-on-one, not shaking hands and hugging is going to take a toll. A month of this will also impact the introverts, too, I expect.
The isolation of self-quarantine and social distancing will allow people to see how much they need one another. Perhaps it will help people understand better that they need people because human beings are social creatures.
When you can stop relying on the technology and get one-on-one time again you might just see it as being a lot more special than you credited it with before.
Am I being overly optimistic? Maybe. But would you rather expect that after this situation passes the world completely shits itself? Or instead, look at this as an opportunity to hit the reset button in multiple ways?
Either way, the other side of this situation is going to be different. I, for one, will focus my conscious reality creation towards making that look good — not bad. The less-than-desirable new normal pre-coronavirus can give way to a new and better normal after.
Nobody knows what the outcome will be. But I would far prefer to choose potential and hope over doom and gloom.
What about you?
You are worthy and deserving of health and overall wellbeing. Use your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter and we can focus on coming out of this situation into a better place.