Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

'LIVING WITH, OR LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES'


'COMMON SENSE (Leaning by example)'


'As a child, my father (a visionary as well as an astute businessman) always pointed out the difference between that which was theoretical and that which actually worked in practice.
That's the way I have been wired. 

I am an artist, a practical dreamer.
Artists may not all realize it, but they are creative, practical problem solvers.
Every painting is created by a multitude of infinitesimal choices which gradually give shape to the final product. 

In theory an idea may be superb but once you set about materializing your vision, practicalities rule the roost. 
Several failed architectural results, are excellent examples of someone pitching or insisting on persevering with an unpractical idea. The unfortunate customer is doomed to not only live with some one else's mistakes, but also pay for it!
Unfortunately the larger the stakes, the bigger and more expensive the mistakes.


There were a number of concerns I immediately thought of, when the possibility of a National lock down was rumored.
How on earth would those who were already struggling and who were trying to cope with the bare minimum, be able to survive when they were deprived of their livelihood?
On top of it, we are already struggling with massive unemployment. Who would be taking the ultimate knock when the ripple effect started?
How do tenants pay rent and other expenses whilst also struggling to pay humanitarian salaries to 'temporarily lay-off' workers if there is zero income? In my book that spells bankruptcy. 


Even if or when things return to 'normal', many businesses will no longer exist, meaning even if you had a job before, there was no job waiting for you after.
 
Will the owners of shopping centers wave rental agreements? 
Will our municipal bills also be waved since most of us have reduced or no income? Will all our liabilities depending on an income, magically be waved away?

Is it simply taken for granted that everyone has savings and that is ok when the little you possibly have, simply evaporates into thin air?
Even if lock down is magically lifted, the jobs they were prevented from doing will no longer exist. The problems will compound astronomically and cause an untold number of fatalities. Famine, famine induced diseases and unrest, will be the cause of this.

Is it at all morally justifiable to deprive and prevent people from giving emotional and physical care and assistance to their loved ones? Besides a weakened physical state, a weakened emotional state creates havoc in the immune system and such victims (hospital patients and the vulnerable and elderly, cocooned in solitude in old age homes) become prime targets for the virus. 
Humanity is built on love, touch, support and care, and with these endearing, life supporting qualities brutally ripped away, it encourages us to turn us on our own kind by becoming distant, aloof and suspicious and thus becoming rather inhuman.
It also seems as though (besides the emergency workers) the system favors those who are able to work remotely, also giving them an unfair advantage.
Maybe I'm simply not good at math but I'm still waiting to see the theoreticians and statisticians show us a projected comparison between lives lost because of starvation and desperate social revolt and the actual PERCENTAGE of lives lost, from all those who actually DO become infected.
There are several death sentences to consider.
Definite:
Violent, desperate social revolt.
Suicide because of job loss and depression
Massive starvation and related diseases 

Possible:
Sadly there have been, there are, and there will be more deaths because of the virus. There are also millions of ongoing preventable and inevitable deaths that occur, simply because you are alive.
However just because you test positive, it does not mean you have necessarily been given a death sentence.
As far as I know, most of the deaths occurred because the patients already suffered from severe or prolonged underlying medical conditions. Their systems failed. They were weak and vulnerable.
When healthy people who want to work and have liabilities, lose there jobs and  have no money and they as well as their dependents are starved, their immune systems and constitutions will become extremely vulnerable and compound the chances of contracting the virus and ultimately succumbing to it.  

Will their unfortunate deaths be recorded in the statistics as being a victim of the virus, or a victim of starvation?
How to turn the tide once a fragile economy becomes a collapsed economy, God only knows. -Aleta Michaletos