WHY WAS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC INEVITABLE?
For the first time in my life my blissful weekday life was interrupted by a drive down to the supermarket. There was a dodgem car ride of trolleys and prams, a race for the last can of baby peas and a long rusty rack where the pasta should have been. The thoughts in my mind played ping-pong as I tried to decide whether to spend my hard-saved money on chicken that was usually too expensive in the first place and now double the price.
When my lucky find of toilet paper was being eyeballed in the carpark I started to feel guilty.
So I stopped talking about the coronavirus with friends. I stopped listening to the news all the time because more than half of it is fear mongering and sensation designed to distract the collective from reality.
Although understandable, I don’t feel comfortable when I see people walking around with face masks. Even before the virus outbreak. It feels like I’m walking around in a futile world and my life is about to end. My colorful world changes into a pixelated steely one. I ask what this means when people don’t look human anymore and can’t even wear lipstick or speak clearly? Or when I can’t brush past anyone and have to put my feet on a marker so I’m far away from the next person in the supermarket queue.
Similarly, teachers are not allowed to ‘high five’ kids anymore. They can’t embrace children or let them sit in their laps for comfort when they enter school because they cry and scream for their caregivers. Teachers are not allowed to show emotion or respond in any other way when children are being tested. So children often get nervous and lose their natural flow and underachieve.
Then we ask ourselves why our children are damaged. Why children act strange and robotic and kick things when they lose a game. Why people don’t have any personality and don’t understand jokes. Why is it that so many kids these days can’t even ride a bike? Why are people scared and swipe groceries off a shelf to hoard toilet paper in their houses and garages? We are angry at Chinese people the same way Trump refers to the coronavirus as the China virus.
This is where we have failed to interpret the event of coronavirus. The virus isn’t really about what happened in China.
It is a symptom showing what is happening inside most of us.
In the same way, a child’s psychological symptom will betray the dysfunction in the family and in particular their caregivers. Working from the symptom raises what is hidden in the unconscious. We can’t start working from the source of the problem because it is unknown.
There is a theme of panic and fear in the world of our times. The coronavirus event is a microcosm of what’s to come if we don’t change our attitudes on an interior level. If so many of us can’t spend quality time with ourselves, our children and others and express love naturally, then how can we be angry at Chinese leadership and how Chinese people are treated? We need to remember that their ancient philosophies which were once prevalent has been overthrown by the Communist revolution and this has had a major impact on the family structure and the expectation to rise industrially has been in the forefront.
Western culture is doing the same thing but in a different way.
A full perspective of life needs to be merged from more than one angle.
This is an important time in history. What’s to say that some parents won’t realize that being in lockdown with their kids won’t bring on a new attitude? Maybe we can survive with less money if we really wanted to. Maybe working so hard is a defense mechanism and gives us an excuse to run away from our more difficult responsibilities. Maybe we could improve our health by cooking simpler but more nutritious food from fresh ingredients. Maybe we could save money by eating out or ordering food less often. Maybe we could listen to our kids and our partners and others more because we have the time to eat together and share our stories. Maybe kids will find comfort in having an adult available to actually confide in. Maybe the air will clear up because there will be less machines on the road and in the sky. We could save money on fuel and other aspects of travel and be more mindful not to waste the earth’s resources.
It could be the time you start sculpting again, or pick up a book, or start learning how to play the piano or even punch out a few push ups.
Maybe it’s going to be the best time of your life
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Annie Blake is from Melbourne, Victoria Australia you can contact her via email at email@example.com