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Scars After The Pandemic

We have all seen it, and it sure is baffling: someone driving in a car, all by themselves, with a mask on, or gloves on, even. People walking by themselves in a park, outside, with a mask on. Often times we cannot do much but laugh to ourselves and roll our eyes. It can be common even for people to bicker and scold others to wear the mask, or that they are an idiot for wearing the mask. But the underlying of some of this nonsense is quite psychologically telling. The mask has, in some ways, become somewhat of a social tell, and/or a visual indicator.

(Don’t get me wrong, the mask can offer something as a form of mitigation, but it is important to note that it does not do nearly as much as most people have come to think it does. It can redirect exhaust, and reduce some of the viral load in our exhaust a little bit, to offer a semblance of reduction in airborne viral load. We are talking minimal reduction rather than massively significant though.)

The truth is that nobody knows the exact reason why anyone does anything, but themselves; so it’s best to keep an open mind about everything you see and hear from other people around you. The point is that we should never judge another person based on what they do, but rather try to understand why they do the things they do; and then look into ourselves and see how we can change our lives for the better through understanding others, and by learning from them.

What is Pandemic Fatigue

Health officials attribute the term pandemic fatigue to instances where the public becomes increasingly lax, over time, on some of the mitigating measures to fight the virus. This is a phenomena where, on average, the public’s diligence wanes over time due to less emotionally stimulated motivation. What stands out about this strange mask wearing behavior, is that it stands in stark contrast to this typical trend of pandemic fatigue.

We can see behavior, similar to the above mentioned mask wearing, in adolescents who have held onto physical childhood heirlooms that can be seemingly harmless. A 10 year old that still carries around their childhood blanky from when they were a toddler can be a sign of trauma in their younger life. It is an indicator of a repressed mental scar that affected them developmentally from that point on. The blanket can be a symptom that the person was unable to progress forward, in some mental development and maturation capacity. It can be a symptom of the repressed psychological trauma; a repression of the lack of control that trauma may have exerted and the blanky represents the regression to “comfort” in a time when they did have control or didn’t need control. The mask may represent a similar notion. It sure feels like we are seeing more people in cars, alone, nonsensically wearing masks, than 10-year-olds carrying around blankets (not meant to limit it to childhood blankets as the only indicator of repression).

My personality, I’ve scrutinized, is always analyzing and psychologically profiling everything and everyone. I seem to be, from what I can understand, identifying with repressions caused by trauma, along with other subconscious idiosyncrasies. Ironically, it appears to be my defense mechanism, which goes by the name of intellectualization, that may have developed as a kind of “mask”.

Consequences of the Pandemic

Our society has become one of repression; we hold things inside because we have been taught that it is wrong to express our emotions openly or honestly. We repress them down deep below the surface of our conscious mind, sometimes buried deep within our subconsciousness itself. The mask represents this repression – hiding behind something which can give us some semblance of security from what lurks beneath its facade (the face). The idea here is to embrace your emotions rather than repress them! Embrace who you really are as a person instead of trying to hide from yourself! For those who wear masks regularly I would suggest taking off the mask when you get home and looking at yourself in front of a mirror with no mask on for awhile.

Some of the issue stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of germs in the first place. The discovery of germs was groundbreaking and revolutionary. But it started us down an extreme path, in the social sphere, that all germs are bad and constant elimination of them is good. We developed this understanding that a single germ could be the cause of so much harm. The ancient concept of inoculation formed under the concept that your immune system would fight off small viral and bacterial loads and adapt to them, and so we could mitigate our chances of preventing and fighting off particular disease by introducing a small mount into our systems. This was typically administered by Shaman like witch doctors and physicians/alchemists of the time. This same concept was what led to the development of vaccines. How much of a viral load you are receiving MATTERS, which can be the difference between standing 1 foot from someone when they sneeze, 5 feet from them when they sneeze, wearing a mask, how infected the person is, touching a door handle with the germ on it etc. etc. Our immune systems are like our physical selves, now working in a sterile office, rather than hunting in the forest. We are not meant to live in this environment, and it may be what is causing the increase in allergies, autoimmune diseases, and mental health issues.

This is our sterilized world. We teach children to use separate utensils, to wash our hands constantly, to not get dirt on us, to not get our hands dirty. But this is the opposite of what microbes do to us. They are what keeps us healthy, they are what teaches our immune systems what it is supposed to be fighting, and they are what gives us a sense of self. We are supposed to be covered in them. So when we kill off our microbes by avoiding dirt and not touching children, we also kill off the good ones in the process. We don’t even know what is supposed to be on us anymore.

As for our path to health, probiotics are not necessarily the answer. Probiotics are good for you, but they are also one of the most overused supplements out there. Everyone is taking them for this or that problem, that their doctors say they have, when it really is just inflammation caused by lack of microbes in the first place. Its like if I told you some type of drug would be great for your liver-so you took it and it made your liver better-but you really had a kidney disease all along. So now your kidneys are failing because you took something for something else entirely. If we go back to using dirt as medicine again (which was actually done at times with goldenseal root), then we can repopulate our systems with good microbes naturally rather than artificially. [fact check?]

What is strange is how our daily life, and practical approaches have adapted to this realization about all of this. Our microscopic ecosystem is just like our macroscopic ecosystem. It is an extremely complex, constantly evolving, Goldy Locks of push and pull. Disrupting parts of it can greatly effect the whole. We seem to have this erroneous notion ingrained in us that we can clean and sterilize everything in order to eliminate one particular element. This is the opposite effect to our inoculation practices. Rather than “become one” with the microscopic environment, living in it, and adapting with and to it, we seem to treat it like our macroscopic environment, and just annihilate, pillage, and destroy it, in our arrogant and naive self-interests.

What are the consequences of a pandemic? What is the impact of pandemic? What is the effect of pandemic?

Consequences of the Pandemic are like the consequences of terrorism. It is the infliction of an unknown, un-seeable enemy. It breaks down to matters of experience, and ideology. Without better understanding, data, and knowledge, conflated by disharmony in our own “allied” experiences and ideologies, we are left bickering amongst ourselves, chasing ghosts. But this “lack of knowledge” and “misunderstanding” amongst ourselves can be worse than “the enemy” itself because it baits us into egotistical defense modes, and defense mechanisms, and especially paranoia. This paranoia is where the breakdown in rationality begins and ends.

Paranoia leads to the breakdown of trust. Hence the influx of new world order conspiracy theories on one side. On the other side, the removal of liberty and the acceptance of it being removed, in the name of safety. This dichotomy appears to be cyclically self feeding; a positive feedback loop.

Another seemingly positive feedback loop is the pandemic of “awareness” in an environment of chaos and misinformation. People are compelled to put their views onto others to educate them, “for their own good”. Human hubris strikes again!

We need to stop looking at problems as binary opposites, because they aren’t. MOST things are shades of grey; it’s just our perception that wants them to be black or white. We need to stop trying to categorize the world into things, because there aren’t any absolutes. There are not necessarily definitive truths or facts anymore than there are definitive lies or falsehoods for that matter. Everything is subjective and many realities exist simultaneously.

The left and right have tripled downed on their campaigns of projecting the other side to be evil. Both sides have utilized this to a degree which is the cause of much hostility. The right’s Q’anon movement painted the Dems as evil by accusing them of some massive conspiracy to commit pedophelia which is utterly insane and completely debunked. But the notion that they were “evil” was a key strategy. The left has utilized the tactic harshly as well by constant accusations of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia. The tactic is to not just show that you disagree with them, but they are in fact EVIL. This has emerged again in the vaccination debate. Both political sides paint their argument as a good and evil story, and there is no room for minutia or nuance in between. In today’s political environment, it has been less about a political viewpoint representing a political side, but more about a political side adopting a political viewpoint based on its main narrative of “good vs evil”. Other important viewpoints, important details, questions or concerns, are all stripped away and discarded before the bare naked, good versus evil scapegoating. Primitive.

The very idea of one reality being truer than another is what divides us and causes this cyclic feedback loop of chaos and separation from each other and ourselves. I am calling on everyone who reads this article, wherever you may fall on the political spectrum: do not push your views onto others without asking their permission first. Do not judge them for their views, because you don’t know the whole story. You are not them and they are not you. We’re all on different journeys, taking different paths to wherever it is we’re going. If you want to change someone’s mind or beliefs, ask them why they believe what they do, before telling them why you think they’re wrong; chances are good that there is common ground upon which agreement can be reached. The world has changed forever in a positive way thanks to the internet and the sharing of information with each other without permission from above; but that information was hidden within chaos and misinformation by many actors who benefit from our division. Let us now reshape this new paradigm into one of harmony instead of disharmony, using reason rather than force, so that we may build a better future for everyone.

Things To Do During a Pandemic

-Reconnect with nature.

-Take Online Classes

-Read novels. This can help reconnect you with your fellow man and/or simpler times.

Get a bunch of people together and play a game of Chicken. It is a game where everyone in the group is in a circle. You all take a step backward each time someone says “Chicken”. The goal is to stay in the circle the longest. [not recommended by the human author].

-Start a journal. It will help with sorting personal mental health, but also will document the pandemic.

-Pickup a new hobby.

-Quit Drinking

-Take up art or build something. Jump right in, even if you don’t know what you are doing yet.

-Read about

Buy a hat

How Long is the Pandemic Expected to Last

When people ask this question, they typically are referring to “the pandemic” in terms of lockdowns. It most likely will not “end” in a definitive sense, rather, but quietly regress into the normal cultural reality like influenza did at one time. Some of this comes down to the publics tolerance of lockdowns, and level of fear. The chance to end the pandemic through elimination, most likely has passed when mutation started.

What Was The Last Pandemic Before 2020

“On August 10, 2010, WHO declared an end to the global 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. However, (H1N1)pdm09 virus continues to circulate as a seasonal flu virus, and cause illness, hospitalization, and deaths worldwide every year.” –CDC

Although it was significant, H1N1 influenza was much less of an outbreak than the Coronavirus pandemic, but it was considered the last pandemic. When most people refer to “the last pandemic” on the scale of Coronavirus, they mean the “Spanish” Bird Flu Pandemic of 1918 (which was a variant of H1N1)

How Did The Pandemic of 1918 End

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Photo Timeline Credit: CDC

“Third wave of pandemic flu activity occurs. Pandemic subsides, but virus (H1N1) continues to circulate seasonally for 38 years.” –CDC

Can I Drink Alcohol Before Getting a Vaccine?

Sure, why not? I did. (I’m not recommending that, by the way. I’m just saying that I did. For science.)

*Disclaimer: Some of this story was generated through the use of AI. All italic text was created by the AI Writer.

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