We are frightened.
Oh, most of us sublimate that fear. We hide it under home projects, work in insane conditions, homeschooling, and craft projects. But we are scared. This is brand new for us. This hasn’t happened in living memory.
We are allowed to be afraid.
We are also allowed, and you should give yourself SPECIFIC permission for this, to NOT learn a new language, create the new Thing, get that book written… creativity doesn’t always play well with stress. And this is, make no mistake, a stressful situation for us all.
The world is stopping.
Slowly, oddly, each wheel at a different rate from the million other wheels, but it’s stopping. It’s not stopping fast enough, but it’s stopping.
This is a good thing, despite the sheer amazement and fear. We need to stop this disease, and stopping the world is the only way. We should also be doing comprehensive testing before we allow it to start again, but I’m too cynical to believe that will happen.
In the meantime, the world is waking up, blinking the sleep from their eyes, and looking around.
And a VERY IMPORTANT NOTE about looking around. DOCUMENT what you see, what you hear, what you feel. Later pundits are going to try to minimize, gaslight, and disprove what is actually happening. Take pictures. Take video. Make real-time comments. Save them. Publish them. DO NOT LET THEM ERASE THIS. PLEASE share your experiences below.
Having the time to care was a luxury few were afforded in the past. Now that we have the time, we’ve realized how good it feels, how important it is – and how much we’ve been blinded by the corporate machinery of late-stage capitalism.
Will we take this gift and squander it when the world starts up again? Or will we make the change needed to create a better world? A world where we do good deeds because it’s the right thing to do, rather than because we get a tax break for it? A world where we care for our neighbors, our friends, and our community?
Or will we dive back into The Comfortable, The Normal, burrowing under the covers of our own imprisonment because it offers an illusory safety? A facade of reality, burying the true reality of a Community of Care?
We have a chance. An unusual chance offered once a century to throw off the net that keeps us in place during normal times. A chance to make the new paradigm into something that helps the whole of society, not just those holding the purse strings.
We have a chance to prove that our society IS one that cares for its most vulnerable, one that wants to help all people, not just those willing to spill their life’s blood into the gears of the Corporate Machine. Not just those that have some ‘worth’ by their labor.
All. The. People.
The Elder. The Young. The Differently-Abled. The Dreamers. The Creators. The Strange and Wonderful.
Let’s create our new world in a way that cherishes those we need most – those that can exist above and beyond the ‘rules.’
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
— Steve Jobs, 1997