In the end, at the end of our widespread terror and disorientation, the vast majority of us — at least if we are not homeless, destitute, imprisoned, illegally detained, already ill with something else, housed in nursing homes, forced to work without personal protective equipment, or foolishly expose ourselves to known risk — will survive this deadly pandemic. It is terrifying, it is hard to adjust to living in a plague. Some days will be better, some days will be worse.
It is good to remember this: in the end, this too shall pass, as all things, and even all of us, inevitably do.
When the deadly threat has passed we may find ourselves living in a society that has made significant institutional changes for the better. Perhaps this horror will cause Americans to finally force lawmakers to recognize everyone’s human right to have health care in this country, and an affordable home, and access to a good, healthy diet.
Chances are equally good, of course, given the energetic organizing on, and far above, the ground to keep things as they are, we could find ourselves in the Fourth Reich, since Nazi-types are much better at mobilizing their true-believers who know exactly who they hate and blame, than are ordinary people just trying to live decent lives. We need to stay vigilant, and organize to fight for what we must — for example, the right not to live in a failed state ruled by remorseless kleptocrats where millions starve and tens of thousands die in the name of maintaining a brutally unjust “status quo”.
When you take stock of the major stresses that we are actually up against at the moment, this may be the most stressful non-holocaust moment in recorded human history, for the most people, all at the same time. I took a few of the top reasons for our reasonable terror and despair and put them in a paragraph. It might help you keep some perspective — or it might just add to your nightmares. I hope it helps you feel better, to see how much we are up against right now and how gigantic your right to feel upset really is.
Random footnote from a deleted email response whining about something or other .