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Jason Hine - 12 May 2020


Now, at the time when governments are trying to force working class people back to work in unsafe conditions, risking or encouraging a second much more deadly wave of the covid-19 virus, it is not helpful to minimise what is happening: suffering is really happening. 

Not only the most privileged are suffering. The most vulnerable, the working class, those ethnic groups more susceptible to the covid-19 virus, the immuno-compromised, homeless, and the elderly, the marginalised and people in poverty are suffering the most. 

Trouble isn't waiting to arrive, trouble has landed. Don't side with those cruel governments who want to sacrifice the lives of their people and sacrifice nature for economic growth. They don't need to do that, even in the context of their existing systems. Instead governments need to be pressurized to redistribute resources downwards to the most vulnerable at this time.

Reopening economies too early is a risky and suicidal strategy that will probably crash those economies and end those governments that try it, and it is also a strategy that risks hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of lives. 

Governments, (or any other group) don't have to choose between a viable economy and the health and well being of the people. Both are possible. By making a few small (but momentous) economic changes we could shift to a temporary or permanent non-debt based redistributive equitable degrowth economy supplemented by a basic income that doesn't go into a depression when economic growth slows, if we needed to.

People who say: "The coronavirus is nothing significant", or: "its just something we have manifested", or: "its only media hysteria" or: "it will only effect people of a low vibration" are displaying their rank and privilege, to do what they want with a callous disregard for those older or unwell people who are at most risk from the virus. 

It may be helpful to look at what is missing in your psyche at this time. What is missing, but perhaps present in your dreaming? What part of you is marginalised? What part of you is wandering in some far off land? What part of you is hiding? What are you missing out?

A deeper relationship to death, loss and grief is helpful at this time. And also remember if you are a young and healthy person, its probable that the immuno-compromised, homeless people, refugees and elderly people probably already know more about death than you. 

Don't patronize these veterans of death-awareness by trying to teach them your newly learnt insights about death. Don't force death on them through your recklessness. Instead listen to them and learn from them. Also, obsessing over death can be a form of dissociation.

Obsessing over death can be a form of trauma-based escapism from life and from survival, just as obsessing over personal survival can be a form of escapism from death. The will to live and to help others to live is deeply psychologically healthy and spiritually grounded.



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