How hard is it? Okay, I realise it is hard on us because life as we knew it in Spain stopped on March 14th. And I understand those difficulties and empathise. But what I don’t understand are those people who feel their “rights” and their “freedom” are being infringed upon and are doing everything they can to flaunt these new rules from some sense of assholey entitlement. You know the rules, the very drastic ones put in place for our safety. It’s absolutely appalling to me how some people cannot see beyond their own “experience”
Is it because as a society we are so used to getting our way, and never have to budge or make any effort to accommodate The Common Good?
In western societies none of us from my generation on has EVER had to endure any real hardship on a broad social level. Yes of course individuals suffer and prosper, that’s life. But to have a global disaster and a blanket rule of law curtail our lives… yeah WTF right?
Well no. Because as much as we are all individuals we do not live in a bubble. We are a thread in our social fabric, and as we are seeing, all the threads are important. I’m not just talking about the heroic hospital staff who have been FUCKING SAVING OUR LIVES while some of us decide it’s still okay to pop out every day for just some fresh bread or a newspaper. I am also talking about supermarket cashiers and everybody else diong the “front line” jobs that are keeping us going.
I’ve limited outings to the supermarket (also have to take out rubbish!) to every seven days. Because I don’t actually believe we are being told the whole truth about this pandemic by our governments (surprise!). Anyhow, it’s exhausting looking at friends still going out for non-essential reasons. That whole “it can’t happen to me” attitude. And maybe it won’t. But maybe you are asymptomatic, and who else might you be killing? (not YOU you, talking in general). I can’t understand this level of selfishness.
The recent report on Iceland testing showed that half of the asymptomatic people tested were positive and carriers. This should make all of us absolutely terrified to set foot outdoors, not just for our sakes, but for all of us. I know I’m no doubt coming across on social media as a ranty STAY AT HOME crazy bitch woman, so I’ll try to knock that off as it’s probably not helping. Not even myself. As that rather bleak photo states, we are facing a new reality, a new “normal”, and maybe we should have seen it coming. I mean, we did we really think we could just carry on like we were without any consequences?
Anyhow, it’s only 7.30 pm but I’m exhausted so I’m going to bed now. I’ll miss applauding with my neighbours on our balconies at 8, but I just can’t take anymore of today. Hope you guys are holding up. xx
I echo your sentiments Shawn. You wonder if these people are stupid beyond belief or selfish beyond belief. It’s the same dorks who have to stay at home if there is1 mm of snow but still manage to go out sledging! Watching UK tv is doing my head in. Last Thursday it was full of poor mites who won’t be able to sit their exams, 16 year olds not uni students. Most of them were panicking because their grades might be based on mock exams and they didn’t do too well then relying on cramming for May. So selfish when people are dying in their thousands and others taking huge risk to treat patients, keep us safe and provide essentials! UK policy on this is daft, they are letting households go out once a day for exercise! But also saying only go to the shops if you need to. Last weekend was stupidity beyond belief. Paul and I are staying in all week this week as, epidemiologically this week is crunch time in Spain. I am trying to do positive things. I have cooked some stuff so none of the fresh stuff we bought goes to waste, made marmalade (it freed up space in our tiny freezer but there are still kumquats lurking in there so another session is due). I might flavour that batch with oloroso, what do you think? Keep safe and cuddle those cats! Anne x
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I was out today to go to the supermarket and felt vulnerable the whole time.How are people out there just walking around like nothing is happening? Yes, I heard this week was one to avoid, so I hope I got out there before things get even worse.
I think UK policy has now changed, but whether people will follow it.. ?
Anything with oloroso sounds good to me!
Mike Hirschberger said:
easy does it. It’s a nice day. Now is probably the only time you can hear the birds. So, enjoy it while you can and make one of your delicious recipes.
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Hahaha… talking me down? I’m not always this ranty. 🙂