Forget the kids, what about us?… Controlling COVID-19 – Or not….
We humans like to think we have control over our lives… Which we don’t.
Simplistically put, our brains are hard wired to try and find patterns in things. Hence why we usually see ‘faces’ in the clouds, the Moon, knots in bits of wood and Jesus in pieces of toast and marmite…
At first, the mental cost of the Lockdowns was sold to us as limited to school-goers and the vulnerable (i.e. those seen to be more susceptible to loneliness).
What is, and always was, inescapable – but it was not really publicly highlighted as such – is that devastating toll that the pandemic will take on all members of the community. The more obvious ones – Parents, teachers, frontline health staff, the bereaved etc are recognized. It seems are like others – students, people who were able to keep working, people who lost their livelihoods, people who lost opportunities etc are coming to the fore.
Mankind has always tried to ‘explain’ the apparent randomness of events – pagan rituals, religious structures etc. (I’m not going to get into a philosophical argument of religion vs. fatalism etc). Suffice to say not being able to explain and rationalise the fundamentals of a situation as the consequence of our own actions and decisions is deeply unnerving. There are some fundamentals, that although assisted by mankind’s actions them, are natural phenomena and cannot be easily controlled. The best we can hope for is some kind of the uneasy truce. My guess is that in the way that the mental health of generations of people were harmed by WW I/II, there will be a reckoning.
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