If you are anything like my husband and I, you likely check your social media feeds first thing in the morning–our fix for the day, if you will. Having said that, coffee is by far the better choice, but the good news is that you can do both simultaneously. :-). Self-isolation has certainly created more time for reading for many of us and there are a LOT of articles/videos out there for the taking, especially those about the coronavirus itself which brings me to my aloud ponderance for today. Warning: this is a bit of a heavy post, but hey?! If we don’t go there sometimes, we perpetuate the unknown and as I’ve said before, knowledge is power and power is choice. So, let’s get into it unless you prefer not to, in which case you may not want to continue reading which is fine too.
Regardless of which corner of the world that you currently reside in, if you have access to media, there is no doubt that you have been faced with many opinions, some very opposing, about what’s going on at the moment with this pandemic and just what is it that we are all supposed to be doing or not doing. Information, which may or may not be factual, is changing constantly and as common citizens, we are left to try and decipher it all. Everyone from health experts, doctors, scientists, government officials, news media personnel and so on all seem to dole out advice by the minute, yet who are we supposed to be listening to and who is correct? Perhaps the real questions are, should we even be listening to what ‘they’ are saying in the first place and are they really right? Who is that has the actual facts and exactly what are those facts? Are those facts being influenced by one outlet or another? Is there an ulterior motive at play, as some people suspect? I ask these questions not to cause controversy amongst my readers or this community, but I ask them simply because I, personally, am confused by it all. It’s a lot to take in and this is a very serious matter. No wonder people are more anxious these days, we have good reason to be! People are dying en masse at the moment–no one can dispute that, but when/how did this all start and are we taking the ‘right’ course of action, whatever that may be?
Clearly, we have a health crisis going on, but who is doing what about it and more importantly, why are they doing it? The rest of us are simply trying to muddle through the best that we can with the information that we are being given, but I think the real message, as always really, is that we need to be careful about what we choose to think and/or believe about that information. As I said, it is being given to us, which means that there has already been a filtration system of some kind in which someone or a group other than ourselves has come to conclusions about what ‘they’ think that we need to hear or know. Then again, that has always been the case with media/society, not just at present, hasn’t it? Despite what may be true or what might not be, we have to remember that we have a responsibility to ourselves and to our loved ones to comb carefully through the messages and material provided. At the end of the day, it should be our right, our choice, to decide what is best for us (within reason)—please understand that I am not advocating that we should buck the system here or perform any one particular action over another. I’m just little old Sue, a part-time blogger, and I am simply questioning it all as we all should be doing right now, which brings me to another issue as you hear about various protests, demonstrations and groups of individuals who have been shutdown or who feel that their basic human rights are being violated by the very people/protocols that are purported to keep us safe in these present circumstances. Once again, I am not saying that I agree or disagree one way or the other; frankly, I am not sure what to think and I know that I am not alone. But, I do know one thing for certain and that is that *I* want to be able to decide what is right for me, once again within reason. I do not want others deciding my fate for me. I want the right to be able to hear differing points of view, various perspectives and ‘facts’, and I want the opportunity to think through it all for myself, as I am sure that most of you do. Again, the difficulty comes in that we all know of videos and other articles which have just up and disappeared from media existence; for example, just today I saw this quote on YouTube: “This video has been removed from violating You-Tube’s Community Guidelines”, yet the still visible tagline said some about the hidden truth behind the coronavirus. I’ve also seen other disclaimers which say that certain content was removed because it did not adhere to COVID-19 guidelines or something to that effect. Yah, but who is setting those guidelines, what are they and why can’t I decide what I should and shouldn’t see? I’m a big girl, I can read and think for myself, or are people like me the potential problem? It all kind of makes you wonder.
What got me contemplating all of this again was that just this very morning, a friend shared a video by a well-known doctor freshly released from a five-year gag order who has since made some rather incriminating statements about certain powerful individuals who are not being truthful about the pandemic, its roots, its spread or its possible treatments. Again, I don’t know if the doctor is right or not, but as an insider, she appears to be able to corroborate studies and incidences while naming certain people, specific places, known time frames, etc., and yet, her interview has been repeatedly taken off of social media platforms. Why is that necessary? If she is incorrect or being untruthful, and she could very well be, then that will likely come out sooner or later and she’ll look like a fool, right? However, there she sits, just like a duck, inviting us to simply give more pause and thought to the situation at hand, albeit after making some rather bold, significant claims.
In case you are wondering, I am not getting any kickbacks or anything from this post, otherwise I can assure you that I would be writing this from Hawaii, thanks to my own private jet and island getaway spot–well, if they would even let me fly or land, that is. Anyway, I am trying to lighten the mood a little bit because I get that this is definitely heavy ‘stuff’, but I also think that it is more than worthy of discussing. In uncertain times like this especially, we need to take a step back and unite in being able to think aloud and share in our thoughts as openly as we share about other things. Of course, by our very nature, we tend to avoid the hard things, but it is a fact that uncertainty lies before us and that no one person, ‘expert’ or not, knows with 100% certainty how this pandemic or its far-reaching effects will all turn out.
As officials mull over what restrictions should be in place as our society, or rather parts of it, try to make a slow return, there is talk of people: having to wear bracelets or wristbands to indicate possible immunity; having their phones used as potential tracking devices should they come in contact with a COVID-19 person; and having to get a vaccine if/when available, or possibly face punishable consequences. Notice that I said ‘talk’ about each of the aforementioned since nothing has formally come to fruition on any of those points as of yet or to my knowledge, though it does appear that Apple and Google are already working with an ‘opt-in’ iOS system as per my link about tracking devices above. Indeed, as some places begin lifting lockdown orders, we need to start thinking about what things could look like for us and whether or not we will have a say, if any, over measures that could be put in place in the near future. And, if we don’t have a say with respect to certain things going forward, what could happen if we go ‘against’ the grain? While there is a lot of fear-based thinking out there, which I am in no way trying to promote, we DO need to remember that what is empowering about all of this is that we are all in it together which is somewhat unprecedented really. If we, as a worldwide whole, continue to question, invoke our basic human rights and try our best to decipher fact from fiction, I think that we will all be okay since we are more than capable of thinking for ourselves.
P.S. If you were originally going to pass on this post based on my intro. of it being a heavy topic for today, but you stuck with it, how did you feel when I told you that you might not want to read further? Did it feel like, “Hey, don’t tell me that I might not want to read on, that’s my choice!” If so, good! I’m glad. :-).