What social distancing teaches us
What can be said about the corona-virus that hasn’t been said already. I’m sure like me you’re sick of hearing about it, sick of talking about it, but most of all, sick of living thru this. The biggest questions as governments are starting to loosen protocols; what social distancing measures will continue? I mean, we know there’s still a lot of people out there who have the virus, at this moment there’s 1,312,738 confirmed cases and 77,727 deaths. This isn’t a disease to be trifled with. I’m trying not to be political here, but there’s people who deny and minimize, then there’s those who are taking this seriously. Some too seriously. Some have flaunted their ignorance and have paid for it. So as sociery opens back up, what social distancing will remain. Will you feel safe going to a concert, or flying in a commercial airplane? Will you wear a mask? The part that really irks me is the people who deny this is a problem conveniently ignore that wearing a mask is more about protecting the other guy, not you. But they’re framing this as ‘you’re a pussy if you wear a mask, some even cease on this as a political statement. of course the confusing remarks made by our leadership has cast doubt on the whole issue, and these are the folks that are less prone to know how to research and buy into conspiracy theories up the wazoo.
Now I’ve been lucky thru this. I’ve rarely been bored. I have been learning the piano, and always have a project to work on the computer whether it’s editing footage, or working on my website. (Note this is the most extensive blog on dronewrx to date) I recently purchased an electric mountain bike, (Specialized Turbo Levo Carbon) so I get out regularly. I don’t wear a mask, because it makes me feel like I’m suffocating, but I do keep a lot of distance from people I ride near, am cognizant of the vapor plume their breath would create, even hold my breath if i’m close to someone.
But when as there’s only so much of that you can do without going koo-koo, and when I got the call from 88 Rising I was pretty happy as I had something to do besides busy work or hobby’s. But I always wonder what it might’ve been like when social distancing was employed during the plague, or the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. One thing I’ve been grateful for is the lack of traffic in LA. With that the air has been cleaner, and I’ve gotten a sense that mother nature got a well deserved break from the daily bludgeoning that modern society is taking out on the planet. So a big question is; what has social distancing done for the environment. Will this have a continued effec? Will people be working from home more, working out on their own? Watching movies at home? Cooking more? I think the answer is yes. I went to see the Bio-luminescence that is currently happening along LA’s coast and it’s downright magical. Is this mother nature saying thank you? I kind of felt that it was.
So we need to ask ourselves; what does social distancing tech us about ourselves? Were you coming unglued and masking your lack of inner peace in alcohol and medical marijuana? Were you out protesting and carrying semi-automatic weapons to try to intimidate the government into letting you go out and spread the disease? Or were you cool with it and yourself? I will say that not having kids has made my inner peace a lot easier to obtain, but I also think the more you fight the things you cannot control, the more they will fight you.
In the end, this disease is not going anywhere until a vaccine is developed and that’s not going to happen tomorrow.