People need people – At a time when humans need humans the most, we are forced into isolation. After every natural or man-made disaster, be it hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes or mass shootings, the masses rush to comfort one another in the streets. Strangers meet in the dark with candles to light up the night. Worshipers of every faith flock to their places of worship where they hug each other and cry. There is strength in numbers.
Today that number has been reduced to zero. The more we isolate from one another, the weaker we get. We’re “social distancing” our bodies to protect ourselves from physical harm, but the emotional and psychological ramifications of extended isolation will contribute to heighten anxiety and stress that can be much more physically harmful in the long run.
People need people – and while communicating with modern technology is a way to keep some businesses alive and some employed and educated at home, it’s no substitute for human contact.
The reports tell us we should have two weeks of provisions to get through this crises, but even going to pick up provisions can be just as psychologically damaging when shelf after shelf is empty.
We’ve all seen this in Florida, Texas and other states immediately before a hurricane strikes. We have time to prepare. The storms pass. The disaster is over in a day or two followed by the clean-up and recovery. There is an end game we can all see, plan for and look forward to.
Not this time. Report after report tells us the virus is spreading. There is no cure, it might take up to a year for a vaccine. Everything is closed. Stores are going out of business and the stock market is going down the drain. People will run out of money in a month and be forced out into the streets when they can’t pay their rent or utility bills.
Worldwide disaster, worldwide destruction and worldwide collapse. We’re ALL ALONE together!
PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE!
On the up side –
Mass shootings have become non-existent. With no one going out, the schools closed, entertainment venues and places of worship empty, well you get the gist. No masses, no mass-shootings. I’m sure there are several very disappointed psychotics out there wondering what they’re going to do with all those guns and extra ammo.
Armed robberies are also WAY down. The stores that might still be open have no customers, thus they have no money in the cash registers to steal. Unless it’s toilet paper. Drive by shootings are also at an all-time low – there’s no one on the streets to shoot! Parties have been cancelled, no one is leaving home.
Whether or not domestic violence is on the rise is a possibility. Without a job to go to, or schools to drop your kids off, being locked in your home with only your significant others over the long run can easily get on your nerves!
On the economical side – women don’t need to buy make-up, hundreds of dollars saved right there! Dry cleaning bills drop because you can wear the same clothes every day and no one cares. Also huge savings in water bills since you don’t have to wash your clothes and who cares if you stink? Except those you’re stuck in the house with.
There are still a few stores that remain open for “essentials”. Love living in California where you can buy beer, wine and any hard liquor in the grocery stores and pharmacy! Definitely essential. (I hear Bev Mo delivers).
People need people. When this is all over, and eventually it will be, we will meet again in person. In the meantime, I have a huge stuffed teddy bear who gives great hugs!
P.S. I do hope no one takes this too seriously, but if it makes you feel better writing insulting comments, go right ahead. Just PLEASE use proper grammar!
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While I realize the seriousness of the current health issue for older citizens, it is NOT the government’s “duty” to order healthy 75 year-olds to be “sheltered in their place of residence” or to be more accurate IMPRISONED in their homes to “protect” them for whatever reason. Where would they go anyway with EVERYTHING closed?
Healthy 75 year-olds are NOT stupid – they do NOT need to have the government arrest them for walking their dog or going to the apartment complex laundry!
Is the government going to compensate these US citizens for all the money they’re going to lose by not being allowed to go to work, even if it’s their own business if it’s outside of their homes?
Just WHO is going to issue these tickets? The overworked Venture sheriff’s department? And what about going to court to fight this unconstitutional restriction on personal freedom when the courts are all CLOSED?
I’m certain there are plenty of constitutional law attorneys over the age of 75 who are lining up right now to file law suits against the county…I surely hope!
SENIORS OVER 75 – GO OUT OF YOUR HOMES – TAKE TO THE STREETS and PROTEST IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!! Do NOT let the government take your freedom away under the “guise” of protecting your health!
Today it’s 75 year olds, tomorrow it will be 65, then 55 then the ENTIRE adult population… STOP THIS NOW before it’s TOO LATE!!
Fortunately, I’m a very healthy 66 year old and for now this stupid “law” doesn’t apply to me, but if we don’t stop this violation of our individual liberties the government will be locking us up next!
3/18 Bill Westmiller comment:
Ventura County Supervisors should immediately repeal this foolish, misdirected, and unconstitutional ordinance. They should have fired the County Health Chief the minute he proposed it.
The Fourth Amendment requires a showing of probable cause to a judge that someone has committed a crime – or is a danger to others – before they can be imprisoned, even in their own residence. This Resolution applies to anyone over the age of 74 years. It is NOT a crime to be 75!
Nor is it a crime or any form of public endangerment to have any of the “comorbid” diseases that increase virus risk. This law, as written, doesn’t even require a showing that the aged person actually has the Corvid19 virus! The quarantine of non-infectious people is false imprisonment, subject to federal criminal charges.
I hope someone of means can bring this issue to court, but they probably won’t, unless they’re charged with a violation. The insidious problem is that tyrannical acts that violate rights get a pass if they suit the sentiments of politicians who have immunity from prosecution. By the time bad laws make it to court, they expire and the case is mute.
Nevertheless, the Supervisors should be embarrassed that they consented to such a terrible law in the midst of public fears and real problems.