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"Notes" #38

So much COVID in the news--daily reports, sacrifice and not knowing when it all will end. Maybe we can learn from the past?

This poem written in 1869, reprinted during 1919 Pandemic was sent to me by my friend Jake (somewhat less than 100 years ago). Is history repeating itself?

This is Timeless ....

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated. Someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And In the absence of people who
Lived In ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless.
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

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"Notes" reader's' responses to the last 3 newsletters

So you think it is your right to not wear a mask. What if Londoners decided during the blitz that it was their right not to have to turn out their lights? How stupid can people be? Perhaps a bit unkind, but I wonder how the protesters would feel if they were advised that they would be denied medical assistance should they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

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My thoughts on the anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers:

I blame this on a lack of intelligence/resistance to look at the science involved. Also I blame it on "Trump-think".  These are almost the same thing. Trump, the leader of the world's most powerful nation, has sent a deadly message by continually saying that "masks don't matter" - or similar words like,  "masks aren't for me".  While it is hard to imagine WHY, Trump has a huge base of people that seem to believe everything he says. Given that Trump is a habitual liar, this is a very dangerous thing. This attitude spreads throughout the world to some extent and that includes us here in Canada. I sometimes scan a Facebook Page that is in favour of Alberta gaining its independence from Canada. There are some very scary people and thoughts on that page. And yes, it is filled with Trump supporters - "we need a Trump for Canada" - Oh my gawd, please NO!!!!!  I used to think most Americans were good people, just like us, and that they voted for 45 * because they were hoping for real change and were frustrated by their inability to get ahead in life from previous administrations. Some have seen the error of their ways. But there are far too many that follow 45 as if he was a god!!! It's so incredibly scary that there are so many of these people in the USA.  I am forced to conclude that there are a lot of Americans that really are NOT good people and it saddens me to say and think that.

(*The significance of "45" is that Trump is the 45th President of the USA. Some people have taken to using "45" in place of "Trump" because they don't want his name getting in print any more than it has to.
Also, that they are just sick and tired of hearing his name so many times.
He seems to thrive on hearing his name. It is part of the Narcissistic Disorder that some doctors have agreed that he suffers from.)

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The anti-vaxxers came before Trump. But it is the same kind of lack of acceptance of the science involved. They hear a conspiracy theory that some vaccines at some point caused autism in some children (I don't think this was ever proven) and they immediately conclude that ALL vaccinations are bad and shouldn't be taken. Talk to your doctor's people!  Talk to your scientists!!  The problem is that they (anti-vaxxers) have gone so far as to prop up their own "doctors" and "scientists" - many with questionable credentials - that buy into the conspiracy that vaccinations are dangerous. It's just BAD science and it's a perfect example of "Trump-think".

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I really like how Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have presented themselves so far, and Biden seems to really want to find a way to work WITH the Republicans. I really hope he can - but if the majority of the GOP still believe the garbage coming out of the mouth of Trump most of the time, then Biden is going to have a very tough time convincing them to meet somewhere in the middle. Good luck, Joe. You're going to need it!     

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At least after Jan 20, 2021, we will have Biden in the White House!  Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopes for more reasonable times are at hand!

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     Why do they think this way and why is this point of view so much more common south of the border than in the great white north? 
     The belief comes from a distorted notion of freedom.  I contend that the right to swing my fist in the air ends where your nose begins.  I also contend that the justification for government intervention in any respect has to be: 1.  Defending people against other people, 2. Defending animals from people, and 3. Defending the environment from people.  If a law does not serve one of those objectives, I don't consider that it is legitimate. I am prepared to listen to arguments regarding possible other legitimate purposes.
     The problem that these free-enterprise crackpots (and they are all right-wing extremists) is that they believe that they can - to continue my metaphor - swing their fist in the air to their heart's content, regardless of whose nose they come into contact with.  They do not accept that public health regulations are legitimate and see them as limitations on their personal freedoms. I would also argue that they are not people who are concerned about the effect of their actions on others.  Sauve qui peut, would be their motto.
     So, what is the connection to the USA?  This attitude is way, way, more common south of the border, and really is an American aberration that has spilled over into Canada. 

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     The U.S. has a real problem. Only 7 million more people are not followers of Trump. While that seems like a lot, 74 million do buy into him.
 I hate to think what this means for our neighbours. It has also split some Canadians into the "left" and the "right", more than ever, thanks to rampant conspiracy theories.
     It seems that the world continues to be doomed by this kind of divisive thinking. I watched the impeachment with horror, as it is important to know what the extreme right is saying.
     The legacy of a fraudulent election, perpetuated by Trump, is something that many people buy into, as well as the fear of "socialism". We can't stay comforted or complacent, since facts and rationality don't change minds. We have seen that over and over again in history. Nazism had to be crushed. And slowly it died out, only to start surfacing again here and there.
     What are we going to do with Trumpism? Will it eventually die down?  Or will his leaving only incite some folks? I am just
worrying out loud there.

Thank you "Notes" Readers

 

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