social distancing - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
There comes a time when "pushing" one's ideas that could save our world becomes morally the right thing to do. And so, if you have the time, I urge you to read my book, "Nexus. A Treatise in Defence of Love as Mankind's Answer," so that we can rescue each other and our planet from the trouble of our current era. There is a link to a free version and a Kindle version from my bio (bio-link below).
Perhaps the first step out of social distancing is to allow our youth to meet up with one or two friends, to have a "buddy system" to ease their loneliness - and to allow for young love to boost mental health.
The monetary system was built to enforce rigid darwinism in society, and this is why in a situation that needs love to guide us through, all the economists can bring to the table is cold emotional indifference to vast suffering. They can't honestly ask as all to enact social distancing to save lives in one breath and then reopen schools knowing full well it will lead to "round two" of massive death rates. Money is fiction, kids are real, can we have people in charge who will choose reality over fiction?
Social distancing is very different for the more and less affluent. If you live in a nice home in a nice area with nice family who love and support you vs. if you live in a concrete "rabbit hutch" apartment with stressed out adults amid social decay and violence - thus in these polar opposite living situations, social distancing is not the same "ask". Plus, not only does affluence affect the achievability of social distancing, so does age and how a person receives their psychological support. As such, what can feel as a "not-so-good vacation" in plush suburbs can be hell-on-wheels not so far down the road in "heat-or-eat-land." And so, our tabloids and politicians need to think this over before they crack the whip over "rule flouting." Perhaps our closed parks can reopen just for teenagers who promise to stay 2 metres apart? Perhaps every other day could be just for young families? Surely some sort of "time share" on precious outdoor space and time is better than draconian closing of nature's lifeline.
In those days of social distancing, if I didn't have a great bike to ride in nearby country paths, I think I would have gone quite mad. It was a coping mechanism. Yet there are many who haven't either of those things, and so we must always remain kind and thoughtful about the challenges others have - especially our youth.
When a health service becomes overwhelmed, then the lives they usually save, such as from heart attacks or accidental injuries, can become lethal too. So as we practice social distancing we protect the vulnerable - vulnerable kids included - and wider society from more than the virus itself.
In isolation it was lonely, yet there is an art to surviving it in the best shape possible. I found that if I could be conscious of my choices and emotions, I could start to ask myself to make more healthy choices for myself and those I love. I could chose to dance to music instead of simply sit, or do some exercise instead of simply sleep. I found that if I baked bread rather than just bought it, it felt as if there was more love in our house - that I had a new hobby and the house had the aroma of a bakery, so homey. Yet in all of that, in the seeking of positivity, it was equally important to acknowledge the lonely feelings, to walk the line between seeing them, feeling them, letting them flood in when necessary, yet then returning to affirmative actions. By learning how to do this, I became a blessing to others and I felt more mature, more self confident. It is challenging though, very challenging, but at times I imagine my super heroes of fiction, Captain America or Wonder Woman, and I let myself try to become a little bit more "super" each day.
We Brits are a nation that prides itself on independence, let's be honest, if there is no traffic coming we cross the road regardless of that the lights say. Yet now we need to take lessons from the Germans in civil obedience, because only then can our nation come out of this with optimum strength. There is no pride to be had in childish defiance when the attitude of a well disciplined soldier is required.
We realised that the only way to save maximum lives in the pandemic was to keep social distancing protocols and isolation of the vulnerable in place until the vaccine was ready, however long that took. After all, money is an invented thing, and all the money in the world can't bring back one person. The lost babies and children broke our hearts in ways that would never mend. So it was time to honour life as sacred and choose God's way over money.
Looking at the models, there was no safe way to reopen schools in the pandemic, and so we took the per head funding for each student for that academic year and paid it directly to parents on top of their child benefit money.