Thursday, March 05, 2020

Why a pandemic like Covid19 is bad for "creative introverts" who depend on globalization and don't have much interaction with immediate neighbors

The unpredictability of the political response to the Covid19 disease from the novel Sars2 coronavirus is certainly raising existential questions about our own individualism. 
The most extreme proposals seem to be something like stop the economy, declare marital law, and stop the virus in its tracks, mostly to protect people who are medically more vulnerable anyway.  
Lives, as we know them, will be culturally and economically destroyed by the quarantines of the well.  But no matter, people are supposed to care more about their communities than themselves.  That’s communism.

But there is something about people (like me) who have little access to social capital and care very little about it, and just want to drive their own lives with normal exercise of their natural rights.  If that is taken away from them, they fail as persons.  They become nothing.  Especially if they had depended on unearned wealth.

In theory, some people want to see the world revert back to a confederation of intentional communities, where people are very tied to their own “blood and soil”, or “comrades”.
I mentioned the pressure from social media to become publicly involved in “other people’s problems” when in the past charity was more private.  In fact, perhaps my attitude toward this could be tempered by the fact that you can limit your social media audience to known lists, rather than use it as a tool for self-publishing. Recently, one prominent Twitter user demonstrated his personal bonding with an underprivileged teen and then challenged specific celebrities to become involved with that person.  I would have seen that as rude, and indeed this particular Twitter user is a “conservative” – when that very personalized appeal sounds like something you would normally see from the communal Left.

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