Therapy experience shows that most people who refuse to acknowledge pending bad news don’t need to be scared. Their denial comes from being flooded with fear already. Rather, tell them that all will be OK and that panic is not needed and promise them that you personally will prevent any disaster — until they burst out in tears and exclaim: “You can’t!.”
We all need to talk about our worst fears. When we spell out what we’re scared of, our fears may turn out not as global as they felt in our silence.
What’s still realistic of a worst-case scenario may motivate us to try to prevent them, lessen them, prepare for them, and live with them.
We may have to mourn (the essence of disappointment) the rosy future we expected. It’s not the reality that is wrong but our expectations were.
Many people may lose their lives, their livelihood, their financial security, commit suicide (from a temporary panic – if they’d only know that it will get better, even if they don’t see light at the end of the tunnel now).
And after the pandemic is over, the corona infection may still continue (like malaria is still around) until working vaccinations or medications are found. (It took decades to find the medications for the AIDS-virus and a vaccine we still don’t have. 32 million people died from the HIV-infection.)
The financial crisis will hit the West hard but the ‘Third World’ even harder.
And all the problems from before the pandemic will still be there:
● Rich people being depressed, poor people starving to death.
● Dictatorships as China and Russia vying for world domination.
● Climate change about to wipe out all humans and little prevention.
● Most people passive in the face of greed, hatred, oppression.
● Much infighting instead of banding together to eradicate evil.
● People seeking entertainment instead of organizing to resist evil.
Let’s decide now to never give up on our dreams for Paradise on Earth or on contributing to realizing it, no matter what setbacks may come.
Let’s lead with empathy by example more and more by being generous, nice, honest, and pleased to be called upon to lead a meaningful life.
I dedicate this post to Israel’s first corona victim, Aryeh Even, who passed away this Friday night. So often, those who die to atone for all of us are the best of us. May his memory be for a blessing. May the L^rd of the Universe, Who calls us by His Name, have mercy on all people and stop this plague in its tracks still today, miraculously or naturally, as abruptly as it emerged.