First of all, we are not in any kind of stage of a quarantine of any kind. San Francisco called for a State of Emergency, but that was just a cynical move to release Federal monies they otherwise can’t get at this time for sanctuary cities. It has nothing to do with any COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. No. Demoncrats are self-centered jerks and want to cause panic.
And I don’t say we are any kind of stage of a quarantine YET. No. That also would be to panic. See above.
Having said that, let’s take the worst case scenario – a declared pandemic – so as to point out how to avoid the worst case scenario, which would not refer to any medical condition (more people dying from the flu or smoking or car accidents…), but rather panic, which would be the logistical cause of death for hyperbolically more cases of death. So…
- The other week a reporter asked POTUS Trump whether or not plans were already in place for the quarantine of entire cities if the need arises. He answered yes.
- I’m sure that if this were to be effected it would be done so by the National Guard before anyone knows, including all law enforcement, who will likewise be quarantined in place in their cities.
- Immediately after the National Guard is in place for a no one in-or-out scenario, health officials and law enforcement will be privy to policies and enforcement and rules of engagement.
- It would be extremely helpful if in the same announcement it was said that food delivery trucks to supermarkets will have drop off locations at the border of the quarantine and that other trucks from inside will later come to pick up that food and deliver it to local supermarkets.
- Gasoline deliveries? I guess they would have to be made when the stations are otherwise abandoned.
- It would have to be stated that utilities will continue.
- Extremely severe penalties for price gauging and looting would have to be stated.
- The worst possible thing that could happen is panic. In that case, there will immediately be home invasions of idiots looking for food, not because there is any lack of food, but just because of panic. This will be done by those who have already been spending all their money on drugs. And they are well practiced with home invasions. Not good.
- Panic in this sorry world of ours – the mob mentality which eliminates all “inhibitions” like reason and goodness and kindness and courage and fortitude and justice and mercy – the eliminator of all that is good in the chaos of panic is the demon-god Pan. This is not the too-cute and effeminate Peter Pan of Disney, but rather the ancient demon of all demons, Satan, who, as Jesus says, is a murderer from the beginning. Panic is the worst thing that can happen.
- What is most needed in a Pan-Dem-ic is to not cave into panic, to not cave into Pan-Demon-ium. Get it? Pan in Greek means all or everything or everyone: “Everybody’s panicking!!!!!!!”
- To panic is to give reverence to the demon-god pan. Panic makes one a worshiper of Pan. Panic makes one a pagan, an idol-worshiper. “Oooh! Pan told me to worry and have anxiety and to panic, so, therefore, of course, ever-obedient to demons, I will! I will panic! I will! I will! // off sarcasm.
- So, an examination of conscience is in order. What or who is the most important thing, person, during a pandemic? Christ Jesus. If we have our spiritual lives squared away, if we are actually looking forward to going to heaven, trusting in the mercies of our Lord, we will not cave in to panic, we will not worship at the feet of Pan.
- For atheists who mock faith in the time of crisis as the opiate of society, know this, the only ones I’ve ever seen help each other out in desperate times are believers. This is especially true in Socialist/Communist/Marxist countries. You know that’s true. I’ve seen it first hand. Believers have extraordinary strength of love and reason because of the love and truth they carry about within them coming from God Himself.
- Where is God in all of this? Look for those who are trying to be helpful in all of this. Look at Jesus’ good mom holding God in her arms…
- But why did God let this happen?
- Let’s call to mind that original sin opened us up to all of this sickness and death and weakness of mind and weakness of will and emotions all over the place.
- Let’s call to mind that God so loved that world despite our use of free will that He sent His only-Begotten Divine Son Jesus – basing mercy on justice – to stand in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, taking on the punishment we deserve so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.
- Let’s call to mind that God thus knows all about suffering, and all about combating panic and the horrific demon-god Pan.
- Let’s call to mind that Jesus does give us the grace, His friendship, to be reasonable, to be calm, to be good and kind, not to panic, but to be helpful, pointing people to Him who is that love which is stronger than sickness, stronger than any pandemic, stronger than death, strong enough to bring us to eternal life, to our eternal home, where love and peace reign supreme. Heaven is our home and we are now – in this hell – in exile away from home. But we do have a home in heaven, and we right now carry about the way to that home, grace which St Paul says will turn to glory.
So, no worries then! Jesus, I joyously trust in You.
Meanwhile, I’ve lost 52.xx pounds on Keto so far, and I’m going off Keto soon, transitioning over to something more high protein and not neglecting carbs. Trundling off to Walmart grocery to stock up on non-Keto items, I noticed lots of almost empty shelves, just a few packages of oatmeal, a packet or two of lentil beans, that kind of thing. It looked like panic buying. That’s O.K. Those panic buyers are all set now and won’t be emptying out stores in panic buying. Don’t panic. Instead, drop off real dead weight that holds you back. Go to Confession!
4 responses to “Calm quarantine strategies, not panic”
Father, shopping at Walmart has become problematic for me. If you go to their online site and type the word “Baphomet” in the search box, you might get an unpleasant surprise. Congratulations on your weight loss. This is one time when loosing is definitely winning!
Indeed! I wonder if this is not being blown all our of proportion, granted it is serious and people should practice good hygiene but shouldn’t we do that all the time?
My son was all concerned and worried, but I told him it is all in the hands of God and if we catch this, we will either get better or we will go home to God (perhaps with a short detour to purgatory – but hopefully it would be a direct flight) .
He said he hadn’t thought of that and smiling handed me some hand sanitizer he bought.
May God bless and protect us all and may this corona virus be a temporary problem licked by God and our prayers.
Father, after learning from your post the etymology of “panic” and “pandemonium” I will never see those words the same again, and that’s good.
For those whose health is below par and therefore might not handle well any virus with respiratory effects, I thought it might be useful to mention Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. Medical researchers have found that “Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections”.
For what it’s worth, I generally take 1,000 iu of Vitamin D3 daily along with supplements of magnesium and zinc, as all three work together, but increase Vitamin D3 to 2,000 iu daily when viruses such as colds and flu are about. It was my doctor who told me to take Vitamin D3 because a blood test revealed I had none in my system and I am prone to pneumonia (nearly died from it more than once). I have not been back to the ICU since getting my Vitamin D levels up.
I am sorry to learn that the virus has reached the US. We have had it here in the UK for the last few weeks and there appears to be no panic. Everyone is going about their business normally. I have only seen a couple of people in masks. Shops are well stocked apart from some running out of hand sanitiser.
Italy has been the worst hit so far particularly in the North of the country. The British media are of course making the most of it – dramatic news sells papers!