Today’s top news story is about the same subject as most other news stories, and that’s about fear. Terrifying, horrifying, obsessive fear. Now this old fart is right familiar with fear, in fact, it’s damn near been a life long companion. And I reckon that I’ve learned a few things about it over the decades. First off, I’ve learned that fear is a primal emotion, nothing more, nothing less. It’s designed to be our friend. It affects the part of our minds that control our survival reflexes, which are normally one of three reactions; we flee, we fight, or we freeze. Fear induces a state of hyper-awareness that causes a flood of hormones through our bodies. This causes our breath and heart rates to increase, our pupils to widen, our muscles to tense, and our brain to be on high alert.
Fear Is A Primal Emotion
And that there’s a real good thing – if there is clear and present danger that presents itself. But when the danger is clear and present, but hidden, we don’t have the option of dealing with it and moving on. That’s not a good thing, because we’re placed under emotional siege by an unseen enemy that could be lurking anywhere, all the time, robbing us of the option of leading a ‘normal’ life. If the perceived fear is strong enough, it can become both the cause and effect of Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Common causes of PTSD are going through, seeing, and/or learning about an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or violent violation.
Prolonged Hyper-Vigilance Causing PTSD
PTSD causes its victims to constantly scan the world for perceived threats – to remain forever vigilant – and the human body is NOT designed to continually take that kind of use and abuse. In fact, a constant state of hyper-vigilance can have a right negative effect on lives. It causes mental fatigue and physical exhaustion which seriously affects how we think, view and interact with others. It also can (and often does) encourage paranoia accompanied by rationalization to justify the hyper-vigilance. The prolonged hyper-vigilance being caused by the fear of Coronavirus infection is beginning to cause worldwide PTSD. You see, COVID (Coronavirus) is not only a very serious and life-threatening fear, it’s caused us to become fears to each other.
The Entire World Now Living In Fear
COVID pretty much includes all of the triggers for hyper-vigilance, and then adds a few of its own. It has also brought out those who take advantage of the the dark side of fear by using it to manipulate and control. Yep, fear can be both a savior and a weapon, and right now it sure appears to be being used for both. Today the entire world is living in fear. Terrifying, horrifying, obsessive fear caused by the Coronavirus, and the fact that we cannot protect ourselves from it. And trust me, when that many people are put under that kind of stress for that long, it’s a recipe for disaster. Economic, social and industrial disaster. Global economic, social and industrial disaster.
World’s Population Now Residential Prisoners
Emotionally, society is being stretched like a rubber band, and I fear that it’s quickly approaching its ‘breaking point’. I’m afraid because I know that one of the undesirable effects of prolong hyper-vigilance can be anger. Intense anger. And, I can feel it building all around the world. Now this old fart ain’t real sure of just how bad the Coronavirus is, but he is real sure of how bad its effects have been. Through no fault of their own, it’s turned the entire world’s population into innocent residential prisoners peering from their cells with no knowledge of how long they will be held. Personally I think that the whole thing’s a crock of crap, because the rise and fall of pestilence has long been a part of human history. Statistically, diseases have always taken out a certain percentage of the population, but life goes on. Those who are susceptible will succumb, those who are not, will not. It’s just that simple.
You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
So folks can wash their hands, wear personal protection devices out the damn ying-yang, and stay at home all that they want, but ultimately it will do them no good. You see, the reality is that we live on a finite world. There’s only so much land, water, and air, and guess who shares them? It’s one of those ‘you can run, but you can’t hide’ scenarios, because while we live for a few decades, viruses can live for millions of years. Our only hope of not being exposed to one is not to live on this planet, and even then we’re real likely to have taken one or more with us. So folks can practice social distancing as much as they want, but it won’t do them any good in the long run, because they’re unwittingly out there cautiously picking up foods and supplies that are very likely infected by people handling them who don’t know that they’re infected, pretty much negating the effect of their whole perimeter management thing.
Eyes Now Used Like Tape Measures
Yep, to my way of thinking COVID is causing global PTSD induced by mass hysteria. And the stress has made people who once normally wouldn’t have given two thoughts to their proximity to someone else to now use their eyes like tape measures. Everywhere folks in public places have adopted a frightened animal demeanor. And frightened animals are the most dangerous animals of all. It caused good upstanding folks who were once looked up to, to now be looked at like potential murderers. Cashiers look at customers as if they’re looking at Death itself, and families, already under enormous strains, are being fractured even further by self-isolation.
Why Do We Fear Death?
People are afraid. Very afraid, and they’re getting really, really tired of feeling that way. Therefore I’m telling you that something’s bound to break soon. Hopefully it won’t be the human spirit. In the end it all begs the question, why do we fear death, for it’s another ‘you can run…’ fact, a very real part of life, and something that all of us WILL experience at some point along our journeys. Is our fear of dying because we instinctively know it’s a bad thing, or is it because we’re taught to fear death so that life can used as a both a whip and a leash? In my opinion the way that the virus has been handled is terrible – likely more terrible than the virus itself – and it’s going leave emotional scars across the world. And I believe that the whole damn botched mess has forever changed us in ways yet to be revealed, and when they are, we’re going to be horrified at what they are. But then, I’m just a silly old fart, eh.
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