I Believe for Every Drop of Rain that Falls: Belief Systems in the Time of Coronavirus

Believing, in the Time of Coronavirus

In my lifetime we have never before seen such a need for belief systems that are pliable and flexible in the face of new knowledge. In the time of Coronavirus, here in Colorado, in the Western world and in other countries we used to think we had little in common with, we are suffering a global pandemic and its ensuing panic, in part from a systemic lack of preparation and an inability to shift our beliefs in the face of disaster.

    Nobody believed it could happen here. Too many people believed it could not. Some people believed it was a lie and a conspiracy. In spite of brilliant minds–such as Bill Gates in 2015, speaking to the world about the dangers of a pandemic to come–people believed it could not happen, that it was just an interesting expose of a possible future problem, a passing conversation among intellectuals that didn’t affect policy makers or the rest of us.  Evidence and wisdom didn’t matter, these people would not enter the closed doors of believing it was all impossible.        

About 22 years ago, when my son was in high school, he wrote a history paper about Abraham Lincoln…

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A Corona Virus Realization in Colorado

Dated the evening of March 12, with the knowledge that things are changing rapidly, objectively and subjectively as well)

“There are no cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Or at least that is what I thought before I spoke to my son who promptly guided me to consider things differently. He told me that there were definitely cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, but that we just didn’t know about them yet. He said if there are cases in Denver there are cases in Fort Collins, a mere hour from Denver.

         My drama began when I left the gym where I do a water class and a friend called saying the worst place to go is gyms because of the machines. I felt I was in the clear but then I realized that even if chlorine kills so many germs the person to person contact level is still great…

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I began to have my own realization: Seeing, in this case, could not be believing…”

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A Coronavirus Realization in Colorado

(Dated the evening of March 12, with the knowledge that things are changing rapidly, objectively and subjectively as well)

There are no cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Or at least that is what I thought before I spoke to my son who promptly helped me to consider things differently. He told me that there were definitely cases of coronavirus in Fort Collins, but that we just didn’t know about them yet. He said if there are cases in Denver there are cases in Fort Collins, a mere hour from Denver.

Yesterday interrupted by states of sadness and even opposition to the term “elderly”; it got me centered with awareness that I simply and not, hadn’t received, taken in, or understood. I hadn’t “gotten” some of the key concepts surrounding the coronavirus and I suspect I’m not alone here.

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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Contemplating Stopping my Life

In the time of coronavirus warnings and outbreaks, there is the increasing fear that life as we know it as of this day, may have to stop. At least for awhile.

In this piece, I contemplate putting life, at least certain things and some very important ones, on hold.

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Why Torture Needs to be on the Menu of Our Concerns

         Call it psychological fusion, even if it is a new-ish term. It means, to me the combining of concerns related to ethics, psychology, morality, practicality, not becoming Nazis and not joining the tendency in much of the world to dehumanize people not like us. It also means that the issues of humanizing or dehumanizing run through the history and present of multiple items, and don’t have to be competing or in a completely different type of importance from one another.

         I know, this isn’t new—in terms of dishing out cruelty. There were Roman Emperors that tortured for the hell of it. There were Nazis and Stalinists and there are still people all over the world who decapitate, cut off limbs and torment because they wear a badge or a uniform or have status, and well because they can…

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