Learn how to Put together for the Subsequent Pandemic So You Gained’t Panic When It Arrives
People are fed up with hearing about Covid-19 – how many are dying, who is being hospitalized, which states are closing again, whether we can send our children to school and who is responsible for this tragedy. There are three common reactions: (1) Forget the virus. Get on with our lives, Sturgis, here I come. (2) Stay safe, keep our families close and wait for a vaccine. (3) Give up humanity and prepare for the afterlife. I would like to propose option (4): learn to live with this coronavirus, prepare for the next and help humanity to reconnect with the natural world so that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have a future to have.
The Chinese symbol for crisis includes the ideas of danger and the possibility of change. With a virus we can’t see or touch, it’s easy to focus on the dangers. But there are also positive opportunities for change if we want to understand what the virus is trying to teach us. If this coronavirus had a voice, it could share these truths::
- We have been on this planet for 3.5 billion years, almost as old as life itself. As with all life forms, our goal is to survive and reproduce. We are not your enemy, we are just one of many. The only way we can survive is to get into other life forms and use their cellular machines to reproduce. According to science journalist Sonia Shah, you bought your way into a story where “Contagion is a problem of microbial invasion, a foreign invasion of native bodies that must be repulsed with military force. It’s time to tell a new story about coronavirus – our lives depend on it. “
- People seem to have this notion that you are the top dog species and that others must bid or die. Your arrogance is killing you. We don’t care whose cells we live in, but you made it very easy for us to inhabit them. Colin Carlson, an ecologist at Georgetown University, says, “Our species has relentlessly expanded into previously wild spaces. Through intensive agriculture, habitat destruction and rising temperatures, we have uprooted the animals of the planet and forced them into new and tighter areas that are on our doorstep. Humanity has squeezed the world’s wildlife in a crushing grip – and viruses have broken out. “
- It is insane to make us your enemy and to swear to us to wipe us out. With this attitude, you may not be here long. Your religious historian Thomas Berry said about you humans: “We never knew enough. We were also not familiar enough with all of our cousins in the great Earth family. Nor could we listen to the different creatures of the earth, each with their own story to tell. However, now is the time when we will listen or die. “
Some people want to believe that the arrival of Covid-19 was a total surprise. Nassim Nicholas Taleb dedicated his life to the problems of insecurity. In his book The Black Swan: The Influence of the Improbable, he describes the Black Swan’s event in this way. “First, it’s an outlier in that it’s outside the realm of regular expectations because nothing in the past can convincingly suggest its possibility, and second, it’s having extreme effects.” But Talib is clear that the arrival of the coronavirus wasn’t a Black Swan event. “It was completely predictable,” he said.
Many experts have been warning of such a pandemic for decades. In her book, The Coming Plague: Emerging Diseases in an Unbalanced World, published in 1994, science journalist Laurie Garrett explained the science and what to do. She also rightly recognized that if we are to survive and thrive, we must deal with “a world out of whack”.
More recently, the infectious disease experts said Dr. Michael Osterholm and Dr. Mark Olshaker, in her 2017 book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, that another pandemic is a certainty and they offered a “battle plan for survival.” They concluded, “We are under no illusions about what needs to be done to make our world safer and healthier for our children and grandchildren, where pandemics do not threaten our way of life on all levels.”
We have to make two decisions now. We can bury our collective heads in the sand pretending the virus is magically going away and we will never face a pandemic again. or we can prepare for the future.
For those who want to get active and prepare, here are a few things you can do:
- Listen to the experts that warned us and provides guidance on what we can do now.
Check out Laurie Garret, read her books, and listen to her tutorial.
Dr. Michael Osterholm heads the Infectious Disease Research and Policy Center (CIDRP), providing up-to-date information on the current pandemic and what we can do now and in the future.
Read Sonia Shah’s article, “It’s time to tell a new story about coronavirus – our lives depend on it.”
- We will likely face unexpected changes and uncertainties for many years to come. Learn to deal with it.
In his book Antifragile: Things Made From Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a guide that can help us not only survive but thrive. In the prologue of the book he offers these powerful images: wind extinguishes a candle and stimulates the fire.
He goes on to say:
“Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and you want the wind. We don’t just want to survive the uncertainty … The mission is to domesticate, even dominate, even conquer the invisible, the opaque and the inexplicable. “
Most people feel fragile and fearful when looking forward to the future. Some of us feel strong and sturdy. Talib also guides us not to feel fragile or robust. He wants us to become anti-fragile. He says,
“Some things benefit from shocks. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, clutter, and stress, and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Despite the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let’s call it anti-fragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The elastic resists impacts and stays the same; The Antifragil is getting better. “
- Training to become anti-fragile and help people embrace the stressors and insecurities of the world we now live in.
For most of human history, we lived under a partnership model in which we saw ourselves as an integral part of the community. In the past 6,000 years we have become “civilized,” a movement biologist, Jared Diamond, calls “the worst mistake in human history,” and historian Yuval Noah Harari says in his book “Sapiens” that it is “the greatest fraud.” history”. “Mankind is called to return to our partnership roots.
In my recent article, “Why The World Needs More Good Men and Women Who Are Trained Healers. Could that be you? “I say,” For the first time in my fifty year career, I have decided to train, certify and mentor 25 men and women who are willing to help more, earn more, expand their careers and make the world for the better This unique program will begin on September 10th and it will be the only one I will ever offer. I want to spend the rest of my career supporting and mentoring this group. Could you be one of the men and women I’m looking for? You can learn more here. “
Instead of trying to dominate the coronvirus and prepare a military response to the next virus whose livestock keepers we continue to invade, we will do well to develop a new breed of healer to help us heal our fearful and angry hearts and to support us in our search for real partnership with the community. When this reaches you, come to me.
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