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The Dreadful C Word

Originally posted 24/03/20
Everything is coming to an end of sorts. For most people they would call this a pseudo-apolcalypse, but for others they’d most likely compare it to a societal closure. Whatever you want to call this dire situation, have at it, but no one wants to say the dreaded word out loud for too long…Covid-19.

It’s like a swear word now. Hell, even the word cunt has probably lost its meaning to the dreaded C word. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if more people have said slang terms such as those instead considering how stressed out everyone has been in the last few days. The virus is always on the edge of everyone’s mind while the panic continues to ensue. To be isolated in ones home seems like a form of imprisonment for most, yet for most New Zealand families, that means they get to spend more time with each other. Isn’t that a good thing? A way to ignore the ominous, depressing news that comes our way every twelve hours or so?

It is in our human nature to panic, to take everything at face value as though our lives are always at the constant risk of death. When something threatens our existence like this, flight or fight mode triggers whenever you realise this or not. Some people don’t understand their triggers and cannot deal with the building stress that comes with it. Others do, but it all depends on how aware and attuned you are to your emotions and triggers. And yes, this also comes into the situation of panic buying, because people want as many resources as possible in case the worst case scenario happens.

Isn’t consumerism wonderful?

So rationally speaking (pun intended), taking a step back from the chaos and observing it with a critical eye is a more sensible approach than rushing about like a mad chicken, thinking the world is going to end. If it truly was, I highly doubt people would be buying lots of food and wanting to crawl into their caves. But in saying this, as a species we will never know the true end of our existence, so a lot of weird things would happen that would possibly make people assume this to be true. Fear mongering is such a powerful tool to those who are fooled. It’s always better to look at things logically than to panic. More sensible decision-making processes work better under a control environment, which of course, you yourself are in control of oneself.

Mentioning the virus as the dreaded C word reminds me of when I was a child. For some unknown reason (I actually can’t remember why) I’d called one of my teachers a cunt. She replied in kind by forcing soap down my throat and made me eat it. After the spiteful happenings, she got a telling off and had to be off work for some time. From memory, I got a telling off and that was about it. Needless to say, I was a bit of a shit in my younger days, but the amusing thing about that situation though, is that her last name happened to start with the letter C.

Why am I telling you this? Well, maybe I thought it would put a smile on your dial, or make you laugh to your hearts content. Did it make you forget about the dire situation for just a small moment in time? If so, I’m glad it did. There’s more to life than always being afraid of the things you cannot control, even when you do feel in control.

With distractions in mind, my first book, Woeful Requiem, seems to be on hold at the moment. There’s been a few…technical difficulties with the manuscript. And before you ask, no, it’s not from my end, however it is an annoyance due to the stressful times that are coming ahead. Even though it’s frustrating and it sucks, there’s not much I can do. I honestly sweat that this book doesn’t want to see the light of day. And yes, that does annoy me immensely typing such a thing.

With the foreseeable future being a little hard to predict right now, all we can do is sit back, spend time with family and friends via the Internet, and hope this dire time passes within a month or two. It is a strange time, but it is a necessary time. Ensuring our species survival through this outbreak is important and a must, but being careless and purposely being a troll doesn’t really help the situation or put other people’s minds at ease.

So stay safe and ration what you can, minimise the amount of human interaction you have, then sit back and smell the brewing coffee or tea boiling from the jug/kettle. Although it does seem to be a hindrance for everyone, isolation is a cause that will truly help put humanity’s vulnerability in mind as a reminder that we are all vulnerable no matter how we look at it. We’re just flesh and bone, nothing more.

And when this whole thing blows over, no doubt people will make a huge commercial item about all this. I envision shirts like, ‘I survived Covid-19’ and other such weird memorabilia to come to light after the devastating effects of the outbreak. Some will think it’s too soon, but at the end of the day, people always take advantage of things, even dire ones at that. People always gain profits in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, that’s how commercialism works.

Another point to make about the aftermath is how everything about society is going to be weird after the whole transition of being isolated. People won’t know how to react to each other, or will be completely flabbergasted by the full results of the outbreak. And as a small country, it’ll be fascinating to see how things turn out, but hopefully it’s not for the worse. I highly doubt we could recover as a nation if the virus killed a vast amount of our population, but then again, the statistics are still low compared to the total amount infected, so who knows what the final count could be. All we can do is wait. That in itself can be painful, too.

So, in conclusion, the best thing to do is keep your eyes and ears open, then question everything you hear. Find valid sources and read up if you want to follow the news. If not, distance your mind from everything and find productive ways to bide your time. There’s no point in going out for no reason at all. Unless you work, then there’s no other option, but even then you have to be careful.

In the dire situation the world is, the best option for everyone is humour. We’ve always joked that ‘laughter is the best medicine’, so let’s take advantage of that saying. Keep yourself amused and in a clear head space. Everyone will get through this. Try not to panic. Stay calm. And above all else, try and make the most with those around you by calling them via landline or cellphone, or messaging them through the Internet.

And above all, stay safe and be positive. As a species, we can all get through this.