Mixed Feelings

I hate this Pandemic as much as anyone else, but the fact that this situation has turned so many people against each other - for so many completely unfounded reasons - has really made me depressed. I've always tried to look on the bright side of things - I've been dealing with cancer for the last 5 years, so I really have to try to stay focused in this situation, but I have to ask - why does it feel like so many people have kind of lost their mind? Life is not fair, and that becomes clearer with time. Everything has now gone wrong in some way for all of us - all at the same time. If this is your first time to not get your own way, please do not lash out at everyone around you. We are all in the same boat - whether you think so or not. I want to believe that we can get through this time - together, but it breaks my heart to see how many people want to turn on each other - at exactly the time when we should rely on each other. I actually thought about ending my life today, after being confronted by idiots who thought it would be a good idea to harass people who were wearing a face mask - waiting in line to get a blood test at Lifelabs. Don't they know that maybe other people actually have some real problems, and that they are trying their best to deal with them? My faith in humanity is at an all-time low.

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Educate

Oct 2, 2021 at 11:26pm

We could all learn from what you have doubtlessly been through in the last five years. Bravo for maintaining a positive outlook in the face of your own health issues. You’ve pretty much illustrated that not everyone is strong enough to do the same when faced with just the pandemic, let alone a threatening disease.

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I hear ya

Oct 3, 2021 at 8:56am

I have a lot of thoughts… in no particular order:
1) The logic of the anti- maskers is hypocritical. The anti-maskers resent being told what to do by the health authorities. Yet the anti-maskers *demand* that they have the right to tell *you* what to do. Try not to let these unintelligent people ruffle your feathers or ruin your mood. Put your own safety and boundaries first in a pandemic.
2) While all the COVID modeling is helpful, the one thing that can’t be measured or predicted has been humans reaction to stress. I agree that it does seem as if people have lost their minds. In my banal daily outings, I’ve seen people screaming on the Skytrain or in their cars alone. I’ve been followed by men either on foot or on bike (I am not wearing sexy clothes just so you know). My own friends faces look sad and that spark that was once there is gone, temporarily I hope. We’re all under a lot of stress and we all react in different ways. It’s a lot to deal with day, day out.
3) Animal populations get wiped out by disease. This is how I view the pandemic as well.
4) Contributing good things still makes for a better community. A garden is only going to grow if it’s tended to. Otherwise it dies.

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Stranger than Fiction

Oct 3, 2021 at 3:17pm

Humanity is being preyed on by Cyborgs. Sounds silly but it’s true.

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I shake my head

Oct 5, 2021 at 1:12pm

People that don't believe the virus is real, or the need to wear masks, or have the gall to block traffic to hospitals or terrorize children and teachers at schools and freak out on staff in stores are a bunch of babies. (Sorry, didn't mean to insult babies.) Misplaced and ignorant rage. Put it to better use and help out a food bank or volunteer at an animal shelter something, ANYTHING more productive. No credibility with their faux cause. Are they potentially another Darwin's Award candidate? Losers!

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Patient Zero

Oct 5, 2021 at 9:11pm

Things remain exactly as they always were, pre-post pandemic. No new normal. More divisiveness, more finger pointing, more aggression, more control without changing the behaviour. Same boat maybe, some in yachts, some in inflatable rafts.

I personally don't care whether people wear masks, get vaccinated, makes no difference to me. Nothing will change either way. People will keep getting sick and die. From someone who's battled devastating illnesses with little to no support from these grade F systems, I've come to understand there's more to peoples' decision than being "anti" this or that. Buzz word concepts that get applied to absolutely everything reduce complex issues to a single word, they minimize the history people have with trauma and attempt to dismiss via judgment rather than those institutions looking at the fundamental problem and how they've benefitted from their failures.

I wonder how many of those people were dehumanized, traumatized, generally abandoned by medical institutions, people who needed help that they turned away and now those insties refusing to look at themselves as part of the problem expect to turn around and punch down to lay the blame at their feet. Controlling govt health directives, mandatory masks vax, isn't going to cut it and certainly doesn't help their cause. They're as untrustworthy and failing in their role as they ever were to people who have never received the bare minimum from them.

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