Lessons from the pandemic

We have all been afraid in the last couple of years of a disease. And people who are afraid tend to rely on others to make their decisions, because we don’t make good decisions when we are afraid. So the first lesson is self-awareness. We have to be aware of our emotional state and its impact on our decision-making. We are reminded of the wisdom from “Dune,” “Fear is the mind-killer.” If we are afraid, we can’t engage in critical thinking. We don’t tend to analyze things well. Our analysis tends to be shallow and only used to support decisions that we have already made based on an emotional response.

The need for self-awareness bring us to the OODA process, of which Malcolm Kendrick reminds us. The first thing to observe is ourselves. Are we panicked, angry, grieving, or in love? So we have to make allowances for our emotions and attempt to manage them before we can make useful observations about what is going on around us.

So, if we apply our mind to manage our emotions, we see that the panic has been deliberately caused by the authorities. The authorities claim that the manipulation has been for a noble cause–to protect the public. But do we believe them? Of course we do! After all, we are in the grip of panic! We need someone to save us! So we have to first get ourselves loose from the panic trap if we are to analyze what is going on.

Along with the panic comes confusion because misinformation from public authorities will necessarily create public confusion. The mortality rate is 3.4%, after all. Because the World Health Organization said so. Except the mortality rate from covid isn’t 3.4%. More like 0.26%. And much, much lower if you are below 60 years of age. The risk of covid mortality for the non-elderly is about the same as the risk of dying in a car accident on your way to work. Miniscule. But despite the relatively low risk of mortality from covid for most people, the panic and confusion remain. This is not to our advantage.

Being in a chronic state of panic and confusion leads to stress and poor health. In a population in this state, we should expect to see a lot of excess mortality. And we have seen a 40% increase in mortality in working age people. That’s non-covid mortality. Remember that the risk of covid is very low for working age people. So this brings us to the second lesson of the pandemic. We need peace of mind for good health. Stress is bad for our health. And this gives us a little more data about the public authorities. They aren’t concerned about raising our stress levels and harming our health. Not even a little. Maybe we start to question whether we should really accept what they say at face value.

Hugs. We’ve kind of been missing them a lot, haven’t we? Social distancing. Face masks. (Isn’t it really antisocial distancing?) But hugs help keep our immune system strong. Hugs help reduce stress and help us feel connected to other people. But we are told by the authorities to fear the other person. Which implies that the other person is dangerous. And we don’t tend to hug dangerous people. So we don’t get the immune boost from hugging. Hmmm. Who is looking out for our health interest? Are the authorities really competent?

What makes life sweet? One thing is a loving family. But we are told that we can’t get together with our family at holidays for fear of spreading covid. So, we isolate from our families and lose connections all because of fear. An unreasonable fear, you will recall. A fear based on hyped statistics where we have been manipulated. So we miss out on some of life’s sweetness because of the authorities. Can we please agree to ignore the authorities for the rest of this post?

What are some other things that make life sweet? For me, the next thing is my accomplishments. My physics research, which will likely have a major impact on health diagnosis and already has had a major impact on planetary exploration.

Winning a free speech court case. Getting someone unjustly jailed by a corrupt judge free from jail. Publishing valuable articles. Caring for a sick parent. Helping a child through med school. Investigating spiritual topics.

Then, of course, there are other things that can make life sweet. The pandemic, for me, has caused me to look at the Big Picture. Great loves and great passions help make life sweet. It’s not just accomplishments. Positive emotions are important to our mental health and our peace. We need great loves and passions. Great loves and passions make life sweet.

But we need something to help us take a mental break from all these serious topics. What can help us with that? We seem to have forgotten how to laugh. What was that about passions? “Fear is the lock and laughter the key to her heart.” We need humor. For sanity. And for health. Humor raises salivary IgA levels significantly. And humor helps reduce stress and let us enjoy the sweet things in life. Like love.


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