Finally some calm amidst the chaos

Finally after we all got told not to go out and meet up with old friends and to strip the shelves bare like a plague of locusts the message appears to have hit home, finally there is stock back on shelves, not all stock is back admittedly but there is a good chance that when we go to the shops tomorrow there will be food and toilet roll, so what have we learned ? nothing, not a damn thing in my opinion as the time frame so far is to small to effect a change in human nature, you see the problem is that we still have companies doing everything they can to stay open, bending the rules and attempting to subvert the government at every turn, all in the name of profit, and this (to some) is reason enough to doubt the validity of this pandemic, there are demonstrably those among us that need to feel that if they are disobeying advice, coercion and ultimately instruction that somehow makes them free, even if that freedom endangers the lives of themselves and there loved ones and in this case can go onto to infect and destroy the lives of others not even known to them.

Define freedom

Unfettered, ungoverned freedom is a flawed concept, it simply cannot exist within a civilized society, the very fact that we are civil is based on rules and etiquette we do not simply voice an opinion or carry out a threat every time we feel like we could kill somebody for a wrong they have done us, and many of our freedoms are afforded to us due to these rules, the fear of recourse from breaking a rule provides the barrier to the vast majority of human impulse.

The past couple of weeks in the UK have been surreal, the lack of constructive advice from recognised authority figures and the mass dissemination of opinion presented as fact on social media caused panic and mayhem in the lives of ordinary people, it stripped us of our freedom the freedom that can only exist with rules and guidelines, the freedom to eat when we want and to drink when we want, to feel the comfort and assurance that living in a rich western country provides through abundance of resource, there was no supply chain issues other than the ones caused by the panic buying, this situation will pass and hopefully it will take some of the values of the human race with it.

Fresh Start

When the dust settles on this and we look back, I would hope that we will see money and the acquisition of money for what it really is, nothing, money and wealth are nothing unless they are applied to a situation, my point is that if you never go anywhere and never do anything but you have a million pounds in the bank then you may as well not have it, if you don’t believe me take out a note right now, it is a piece of paper, nothing more and nothing less, but imagine that there are no more people, what then ? what if there were no more food to fill the stripped shelves ? what is you had all the money in the world but your family were sick, if there is no cure then believe me one cannot be bought, I am hoping this makes us not stop the pursuit of money, but rather make us pursue the things that money provides, freedom of movement, cultural and academic education for our children through travel, time to relax and enjoy what is truly a beautiful planet, sure pursue money start your business, buy your stocks and shares but when the money starts coming in apply it to life and enjoy the freedom of controlled and grown finance.

You have a choice

Just because certain shops are open and trying to entice people to gather make a choice for you and your family as well as the rest of the human community that you are likely to be in contact with, you do not owe these retail giants anything, and they will not turn you away when this is over, in fact a drop in profits may very well make them realise the value of their customers and maybe they will change how they operate in the future, becoming fairer and more focused on the person rather than the value of a persons spending power, above all you must preserve your life, and that does mean staying as far away from this silent killer as much as possible, sure humans have always gone out to hunt and provide food since time began but the sports equipment or a pair of jeans will not feed anybody, leave them today and ensure you are alive and well to buy them tomorrow.

Above all stay safe and look after yourselves.

First Day of UK Lockdown

So we did it, the Great British public managed to bring the pain of lockdown on itself, best thing for us really, the stupidity of the human race as a whole has never ceased to amaze me, even faced with the prospect of an early and painful death people still believe more in their own home spun wisdom than the advice of any government or governing body, life however from the window looks no different the birds are singing and the sun is shining (sort of) but life is now so very very different.

Why ignore the advice ?

You see this feeds into a lot of what I have been saying about all these books on the subject “of not giving a f**k”, in fact I will go one stage further, you should (if you own these books) find them and carefully take them outside and burn them, every single one, listen the human race has a pack mentality it always has that is why we gravitate to other people, it is in our DNA and in the programming from the very first conscious thought right up to today, after all it is how we breed and sustain the Race, so when somebody writes a book about not giving a f**k they are ultimately lying, sure there is some element of truth in it, but the ability to live that way is a luxury that stems from a stable society, literally the society these people are advocating against, “not giving a f**k” is what drove hundreds of thousands of people to seaside towns and parks this weekend, and it has probably helped to spread the infection by some tangible number, and I am not claiming that I have never considered that way of thinking, but it is only good for selling books, it goes against the nature of Humans and in this particular instance, believe me it could be our undoing.

Opportunity in isolation

Now is the time to start reading, not popular tripe designed to be “controversial” simply to get people buying it, after all if this thing goes much further there will be no need for money, and it will become worthless, I mean pick a topic, programming, language, fitness whatever it may be and take this time to educate, the vast majority of the planet will simply sit back and binge watch shows on Netflix, or busy themselves hoarding beans, pasta and toilet roll, and emerge no better than they were before, any global event is signal and an opportunity for change, take that opportunity and run with it emerge stronger and more educated than you went in, then as life goes back to a steady pace you will enjoy the benefits of your labors even more.

Choose Wisely

But this is not without it’s pitfalls, choosing the right path now is paramount to how this comes out, and the only way to effectively make the right decision is to do what you want to do most, pick what you are passionate about not what you think will make money in the next 24hrs, because money in the next 24hrs will be worth what it is now, sod all, so pick something that you have always wanted to learn, and learn it, inside and out, but I cannot stress enough that going down the “not giving a f**k” route is partially to blame for the situation we find ourselves in now, so don’t do it because it’s bullshit.

Overall stay safe

Stay safe, follow guidelines and remember you are not missing out, if people are gathering then great for them, hopefully they will get beds together in hospital, or all club together to pay the fine (UK) for the first time in the history (for most of us) this is literally a bid to stay alive, so do everything you can, regardless of any distrust in governments and their minions, and even with all the conspiracy nuts claiming that they are testing biological weapons or preparing us for the end of the world, the only truth you need is that if you don’t get it it can’t affect you simple.