I personally believe that the Covid-19 disease will kill 6 million Americans unless we come up with a miracle cure. All of these lock downs and shut downs will damage or permanently destroy the US economy. It costs more than 1 trillion to lock down for a month giving hand outs to people. During that month, the virus might shrink a bit, and the minute you lift the restrictions, the virus grows again, so you spend trillions, yet accomplish nothing but a delay.
But, I am tired of thinking about this. The stupidity, short-sightedness, lack of any realistic and definitive planning. I am tired of thinking about how the back of the American economy will be permanently broken, or brought closer to the imperative waterfall that we approach each day we allow our debt to rise. I am tired of the refusal of politicians to come up with a long term 18 month plan with clear objectives and price tags. I am tired of hearing who will get handouts and who will not. Trump is sounding more like Bernie Sanders with all of the Christmas presents in the form of hand outs he wants to give. The worst part is that my favorite Jamaican place, although not shut down, closed on their own when they had a thriving take out business. Those jerks. I guess you are what you eat (they eat jerk chicken.)
Bars, Restaurants, Sports? Not Anymore!
So, I am trying to shelter myself from the crisis and think about something else. No problem. I’ll just go to a bar. Ooops, all bars are shut for God knows how long. Okay, I’ll drink at home. No problem, I’ll just go to the supermarket, stand in line just to have permission to enter, go in, and find that 80% of the store is stripped bare. So much for not thinking about the crisis. The human reaction to the disease is worse than the disease itself – at least for now. No problem, I’ll just go to my favorite restaurant — closed. I’ll talk to my friend on the phone — no matter what we try to talk about it always ends up being 90% of about Covid-19, or what I call “The Hitler Disease” as I think it will kill 6 million Americans in FEMA concentration camps. On a brighter note, I could just watch some sports on television — except those have been cancelled. I would take a walk down the street – and be reminded that most places are closed and see a bunch of people wearing face masks.
Acupuncture & Massage? Cancelled!
Even acupuncture and massage have been shut down, as supplemental health services are seen as not essential, while the marijuana dispensaries are open. I guess it is better to keep the populace high so they won’t care how stupid the politicians are being. People also tend to spend more time washing their hands when they are high.
I did see the acupuncturist two days before they were shut down. She apologized because she had touched my credit card. I explained that to get there I had to touch five different cross-walk buttons that had been touched by God knows who, and never washed by the very same city officials who are shutting everyone down. How about touch-free guys?
My Symbolic Dream
I even tried taking a nap, but fell asleep and had a bad dream. I analyzed the dream and the empty zoo I walked through represented how everything was closed. Then I walked near the sea which represented infinity — and infinity of everything being closed in the entire planet except perhaps Kenya… for now. And then I was in a parking lot which represented not going anywhere. But, there was relief. A Japanese couple said I could hitch a ride with them in their little car if my driver license was not attached to my credit card. My psychic said that meant that my identity was not attached to spending lots of money. That makes sense, because during this crisis, the one thing I still can spend money on is in the supermarket if they have anything — and everything else is off limits. So, I am cooking more. So, even when I sleep, I am dreaming about Covid-19. What a drag.
I am tired of this disease. I am tired of shut downs. I think we should create a few million temporary hospital beds, train some temporary nurses (perhaps 100,000 of them) and let this thing rip. Our immune system was built by nature to solve the problems of diseases — also created by nature. Modern human beings do not live with a consciousness of nature which is why they are foolish enough to think they can conquer nature. Pandemics are one way nature kills off certain members of a species. As Americans, we need to be more complacent to the reality that we are mortal, we all die, and we might die of an infectious disease, and that is how the universe operates. You can’t cheat death. Living forever wouldn’t be that nice either. We are acting like three year olds who say, “Grandpa… why do people have to die?”
So, I am depressed. On a brighter note, I still have work since I work from home. I still get customers daily, although not as many as before. I can sort of afford to pay Carmen during this crisis. I am at low risk to get sick myself because I have hardly any human interaction even when times are good which for the first time in my life turns out to be a good thing.
I just wish I could press the Corona-Be-Gone button. I can even imagine how that button would look with those little prongs coming out of it just like the virus itself. It looks like the type of mine you put in a harbor and is equally deadly.
I’m not sure how life will be like with over a million people dying each month. I’m also not sure of how life will be like with the FED printing out endless money keeping us shut down forever foolishly thinking that the economy will “bounce back” and that pent-up desire to go shopping and spend money will naturally revive this economy. When it is all over, so many people will be so broke, they won’t be able even to pay rent. People will be foreclosing by the millions, and the homeless shelters will be filled with out of work bar tenders. The future is grim guys. But, we will always need mobile Notaries so look on the bright side.>