I'm not sure if I am supposed to comment here but here I go. Everything is happening so fast. One day everything is fine and dandy and then the next boom virus is all over media and everyone is in a panic trying to find toilet paper and stocking up on perishables. Like you were saying it's like every apocalyptic movie ever. I'm confused as to what I'm supposed to feel though. This is a serious threat but like in your video it is a slim chance I would get this. I don't understand the panic either. However, it's nice to sleep in even on Sundays when I have to wake up early to go to church. haha Hopefully this pandemic will be solved and society can back to normal. But of course there will be economic ramifications from the panic.
The content in this lecture was very thought-provoking. There were a lot of ideas that you seemed to mull over with your past experiences and the interests you have in COVID-19. I particularly enjoyed it when you mentioned 9/11 and how it brought the nation together. I did not see it for myself, and I am sure that it was moving and very significant! It is amazing how over time that compassion and willingness to check up on people has fallen through so much, and I almost laughed at the thought of Americans helping each other. Riots, severe political segregation, and even division in the church during the last few years has made it difficult for me to actually believe Americans can come together in a crisis. And the sense of community that people had for one another during 9/11 is even harder to believe nowadays with the disunion Coronavirus is creating. Sorry, the disunion people are creating. It was shocking about your husband’s experience at the store, being told off for touching someone else’s cart, accused of “stealing my water”? Wow……………… I did not know it was that bad for some people! But who knows, maybe his parents caught the virus. Maybe he is significantly worried because he knows people who have been quarantined. I don’t know. But whatever the case, it’s tearing communities apart to a tremendous degree, those 2nd Tier people are making it hard for everyone, especially for those 3rd Tier’s (uuhh, that is my family =.=).
I also liked the “PhD level thesis” of the Hunger Games possibly being at the back of everyone’s mind and shaping how this world “catastrophe” will play out! It could have an affect on people. Over time, with multiple exposures to not only books but countless movies, video games, and even movie and game theories could have slowly manifested itself into the minds of the paranoid. I did not see it that way but I did wonder if people think they are being “smart” and “cunning” and are priding themselves for beating everyone to the toilet paper and hand sanitizer, who knows. But I think it’s funny that it’s a possibility ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There is an extreme amount of unnecessary panic occurring globally, and people are creating an economic crisis out of thin air. The vast amount of hysteria is causing stores to sell out of all products, and people are forgetting how to be compassionate and are simply worrying about themselves and only themselves. The toilet paper shortage is completely unnecessary, and it makes no sense whatsoever as to why people are creating and adding to this difficult time. There are three different levels of reactions in people to this pandemic. The first is reacting within reason, and taking the right amount of precaution in a completely logical way. The second is reaction due to fear, which causes mass panic and greatly affects the lives of others for the worse, and the third is the most common--taking action only after people reacting in fear are causing issues. Overall, people reacting in fear are forgetting how to be compassionate and are making a terrible situation much worse.
I feel bad that I didn’t watch this earlier! I think that all of this is so bizarre! It’s crazy to know that we are living through history! Like this is going to be a lecture in our grandkids’ history class!
I think what you said about the “banana company” is interesting. At first the thought about a paid leave is weird and doesn’t seem logical for the company, but I do understand why they would do it. Like you said, they are thinking about their employees. If something happens to one of their employees and they don’t have the financial support to do anything about it, that could be on the company.
Let’s see, you also talked about the affect of the widespread panic. It’s almost funny how panicked people are getting! I feel like I’m watching a live filmed movie. Everything just seems so exaggerated. It makes me feel like I’m not reacting enough to the situation. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty upset that we have to be completely isolated for the next two or three or maybe more weeks. I think I’m learning that I’m more of an extrovert haha. My family has been talking about how so many businesses are going to be hit so hard by this quarantine! All of these companies, with the obvious exception of grocery stores, have lost a detrimental amount of business. I’m excited and also scared to see how long this last and what the outcome of it is.
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