Thursday, April 23, 2020

COVID conditioning for things to come

The key word here is “conditioning”, the essence expressed as:

Since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere – is always right.
- Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun…

COVID is, as the Secretary of State surprising put is, “A living exercise”; yes, this government opportunity is an exercise, preparation for things to come.  Call it “boiling frogs” or an incremental, gradual uptick of state power, but the present crisis is finally an exercise for much more far worse to come. 

There are natural and unnatural conditions, a confluence of several likely crisis, on the horizon and, at the risk of always being wrong or less than right, here are some:

Grand Solar Minimum – underway already, this cyclical, natural reduction of Sun emission will continue to effect weather on most of the world, the most severe in relation to the distance from the equator.

These natural conditions, a Dark Winter, will foster more seismic events and perhaps other climatic and environmental conditions but finally will reduce food production—resulting in international scarcity for all perhaps other than those knowing, long prepared.

Economic Depression – merely touched by COVID, this economic downturn is long overdue, having been delayed or referred by corporate welfare, in the injection of untold monies pumped into the faltering bank systems, highly leveraged with debt made possible through suppressed interest rates among other actions of fiscal policy.

These unnatural conditions are in part cyclical but also unprecedented as to debt and suppressed, rock-bottom interest rates that lead to centralized wealth and economic equality.  Whether in terms of another “bubble” or any other artificial creation of value, still, the debt must reset, and it appears that this time is long overdue, as the coming deleveraging and the deflation, with depression to follow, usher the world into a Darker Winter.

Societal and Cultural Change (for better or worse) – given the size, strength, and scope of the two previous conditions, is it any wonder that the world will see sweeping societal and  cultural changes.   

Besides the faltering and failure of support systems (to include the basics of food, shelter, and water), much of western societal is terribly prepared or equipped to navigate and negotiate these large scale national and international conditions.  In generations prior, folks were much harder, more self-sufficient and communal; whereas today, the population is nowhere near…and thus will not respond well, adjust and adapt.  

More viruses, disease and death, natural or otherwise, will occur.  

War, continuous or instantaneous, notwithstanding, 
there is always cause for help and hope, for love over fear and courage in spite of it.  

More to come. 

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