This blog post will not be politically correct.
I have heard there are people who actually embrace change. I am not one of those people. Maybe the reason for this is that I don’t trust anyone else with anything that affects my life. I want control over my life and I gladly take responsibility for the decisions and actions I take. This is precisely the reason I owned a business for 32 years instead of working for someone else.
This personal philosophy works fine as long as my actions don’t negatively affect the health and lives of other people.
Enter the COVID-19 coronavirus “stay at home” and “social distancing” mitigation taking place in the United States and over much of the world. Obviously, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is real and poses a global health risk to everyone. It’s also evident that this pandemic needs to be addressed on a global basis in an effort to save the lives of many people.
I do not doubt the seriousness of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I am, however, having a really difficult time understanding the extent and depth of the mitigation efforts being taken … nationally and globally. After all, the national (United States) and global economies have practically come to a full stop and a full recession is well beyond a possibility at this point.
Maybe we need to put things into perspective. To help us, let’s take a look at the U.S. annual number of deaths for heart disease and cancer, the top two causes of death.
Heart Disease – U.S.
647,400+ (53,950+ monthly)
Cancer – U.S.
599,000+ (49,900+ monthly)
1,546,400+ (128,300+ monthly)
Total deaths in the United States from the COVID-19 since it was first detected on January 16th in the U.S. is just over 10,000. (As of April 6th at 2:50PM Eastern Standard Time.)
During this same 11-week period, 328,200+ will have died from heart disease and cancer in the United States. I have some questions:
- Are the 10,000+ lives lost from the COVID-19 coronavirus more important than the 328,200 lives lost from heart disease and cancer?
- At what point in time in the history of the United States has the economy been closed with 10 million people losing their jobs because 10,000+ people died in an 11-week period?
- At what point in history has the United States spent $2 trillion in one single action to ease the economic loss to it’s citizens and businesses to ease the economic pain from shutting down the economy?
I am not questioning the legitimacy of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The increasing number of deaths due to COVID-19 documents its legitimacy. Rather, I am questioning the authoritative, heavy-handed response.
I’m not presenting a conspiracy theory. I don’t have one. It’s just apparent to me that there is more going on than what we are being told and what we know … or ever will know.
Okay, let’s get back to how I am adapting to the over-the-top mitigation efforts being forced upon the population … especially here in Ecuador in which a person is allowed to leave their residence 1 day a week for 8 hours to do their grocery shopping, get their medications from the pharmacy, have an appointment with one’s doctor and to obtain any needed lab tests. The prior decree was 2 days to complete these tasks. This mandate is being enforced by local police, national police and the military. Breaking this curfew will result in a heavy fine … and possibly incarceration.
Since the COVID-19 coronavirus mitigation mandates are by and from the national government, I have no (legal) choice but to comply. I can react to these mandates in one of two ways:
- I can mentally and emotional fight these mandates, or
- I can get my head on straight and change my attitude.
Fighting the mandates will obviously bring anger and stress to my life … and to my wife’s as well. I don’t see any “win” in the mental and emotional fighting. As a better alternative, I can have a cooperative mindset and attitude which will allow me to comply in a calm manner … even though I don’t agree with the decrees.
To maintain the right mindset, I must stay focused on things other than the draconian mandates. The additional “stay at home” hours will give me more time to complete some tasks on my Honey Do List around the house.
I am also looking into learning something new. Learning keeps our minds active and gives us purpose to get up every morning. I think I will do some research because this will keep me focused on a particular subject.
And most importantly, I will start my day with inspirational and motivational input. I will have breakfast to nourish my body and use inspiration and motivation to nourish my mind and spirit.
“It is not a failure to readjust my sails to fit the waters I find myself in.”
― Mackenzi Lee