The moment hope is replaced with fear, or truth is replaced with lies, or half-truth is promoted in place of the whole truth, bad things follow as a consequence. Evil breeds evil.
At this moment, it’s public knowledge that there’s a virus that can cause lethal consequences to those with compromised immune systems. According to the US National Library of Medicine, as of October 2019, “there are 219 virus species that are known to be able to infect humans”. Assessing the number of fatalities per infections, with or without treatment, can help one grasp how lethal one virus is compared to another.
In the media, numbers of tested cases are published daily. Also, numbers of fatalities are published daily. What’s missing? The number of individuals who had the virus and recovered.
Why is that last piece of information crucial? Because it would help you understand how likely you are to survive rather than die even if you had caught the virus. When you don’t know the data concerning those who recovered, and that all you’re hearing about is how many people have died so far, then your mind, your conscience is fixated on death, the prospect of death, which is not an encouraging exercise for our well-being.
Imagine you were in a room where some crucial life instructions are being shared through a speech, and that the person next to you decides to engage you into dialogues about the perils of life. By the time you leave this meeting or conference, it’s the perils of life that will be surfacing your mind, simply because that’s what you had given your attention to.
The virus is a concern. The scare over the virus is more concerning. What people do as a result of the scare of the virus is a lot more concerning.
Clearing out store shelves to assist vendors with price gouging hurt everybody, mostly the fixed-income and low-income population. Making it mandatory for kids to stay at home causes major issues to the workforce since parents may not even have the option for bringing these kids to another place for someone else to watch over them while they’re at work. Shutting down workplaces with no assurance of an alternate income apparently is throwing the economy into a downward spiral.
It’s not the number of fatalities that is causing the economy to go down the drain at this point. It’s our response to the scare being imposed on us without the complete information necessary to make the best decision which would lead to hope, the sustenance of life, and not fear, the agent of death.
For the US alone, the CDC estimates flu-related deaths alone to be around 52,000 for 2019-2020.
Look up those stats yourself and compare with the statistics of whatever virus may be spreading to have a better idea of what’s you’re dealing with before contributing to the consequences of scare.
Even if there is no virus around, doing anything to disturb the pace of daily living will always have major consequences. Even if it’s a scare blown out of proportion when compared to to other issues we’ve ever had to deal with.
Have the media share the numbers of individuals who have recovered from the infections and you’ll see how fast the scare will be deflated. The only problem is that by the time those numbers come out, if they ever do come out, a lot of unnecessary damages will have been done to our ways of living, starting with our finances.
Check out the flu-related death statistics at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm
The CDC calls it a burden when it comes to the flu, even as they expect about 52,000 people to die from it, 49 millions individuals to be sick with it, 23 millions individuals to seek medical help for it, and 620,000 individuals to be hospitalized as a result. Even those who have had whatever available flu vaccination are not guaranteed recovery. Yet, the CDC simply calls it a burden because the flu comes back every year and we might as well “prepare” for it and thus be ready for whatever it may cause, whether it’s prolonged sickness or death.
It’s a burden, whatever the virus.
If you’re missing the data for hope, look for it. Don’t just settle for fear.
Whatever the circumstance, to God be the glory.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Let hope be your strength, hope in God, hope in the kind of life he is, the kind of life he freely gives so that not even death or illnesses can separate us from his love, his immense concern and care for each and every one of us without partiality.
Faith, hope, and love. Faith is great. Hope is greater. Love is the greatest. Never fear, never scare. Love is the greatest.
While I don’t have to be mindful of the scare, I have to be mindful of the consequences of the scare because the consequences are real and they do affect the pace of daily living. Readjustment is always a daily task, regardless of the cause.
What good is life, if it is to be lived in fear?