The longer lockdown goes on the more confused I become. It’s not accidental. In a time when data is worth more than gold, non bias information, that doesn’t come with a follow me caveat, is priceless. Because of this, I feel like I know less, now, than I did when this shit storm began. That’s not to say I am completely ignorant. This much I’ve learned.
(1) There is a either a real virus or a pretend virus. This possible virus is probably highly contagious and because of that we need to practice social distancing. Social distancing means different things to different people and we have no consensus, as a population, on what two metres looks like. The impact of social distancing is severely weakened if international travel restrictions aren’t in place.
(2) The only consensus we have is that we are deeply divided.
(3) If the virus is real, then we are reaping what we have sown. We have prioritised wealth accumulation for the few, over basic social and healthcare for the many. Most of us belong in the ‘many’ category, when stripped of our meaningful job titles and social status. If the virus is real, we have been exposed on the world stage as the fur coat and no knickers, tin pot, sham of a democracy we actually are.
(4) We really hate old people.
(5) If the virus is real, many more of us are going to have to die, in order to convince enough of us to take action. A probable virus verses an economic downturn is the false dichotomy we are all being sold. The economy, in its current form, exists to make the rich richer on the back of zero hours contracts, a monopoly on residential real estate and the privatisation of public institutions.
(6) Demonising those on welfare and making poverty synonymous with idleness and a flawed character only works when the minority need state benefits.
(7) If the virus is pretend, then we won’t ever believe anything a government or media outlet tells us again. If the polls are to be trusted, we don’t believe anything our government or media are telling us now. If the virus is pretend, most of us will continue to be duped by the belief we have lived through a pandemic, if we do, for the rest of our lives. If the virus is pretend, as we stay indoors, a global cabal may be planning to take control of our bodies and minds through vaccines and contact apps. A sort of contemporary version of The Spanish Inquisition, with a celebrity angle, coz a cult without high profile influencers is just a group of people.
(8) The right to bear arms is making America more dangerous by the day.
(9) The closer we get to death, the deeper our understanding of the fragility and sacred nature of human life. As a society, we have been duped into believing that we exist solely for the realisation of our personal desires. We have been conned into the cult of individualism, where narcissism is a virtue and intellectualism is despised by a quick fix culture that doesn’t have time to think.
(10) Teachers should be given a fuck load more money.
(11) People dependant on food banks to survive. Do not resuscitate orders flying out of doctors surgeries. The elderly abandoned to a mass cull. TV shows donating medical equipment to I.C.U. units. Homeless, dying of thirst, on the gold paved streets of one of the finest capital cities in the world. In an age where patriotism is enjoying a resurgence, there is very little about life on this island, right now, to make us feel proud.