On cable there’s a view of the pandemic lowering barriers between people, of experiencing us all as co-inhabitants of Earth, as individuals making sacrifices to help others. Then there’s the announcement that the U.S. will try and interfere with Iran’s efforts to get help with their pandemic. I guess it’s our puzzling mix of values, and questionable ability to compartmentalize.
Now, hunkered down in my bell jar, images, metaphors and clumps of emotions are set loose. I remember for some reason The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and vulnerability posed by my own emotions. I distrust my emotions at this time.
They carry too much weight on my judgment. I can’t stand to watch the frequently repeated footage about the abused pets, and I notice with dismay the repeated footage that says everyone has the right to caring and respect just because they’re…human? And then footage about China’s “wet markets” with live meat animals.
Our appreciation for postal workers, firemen, health care providers and those willing to help during this pandemic is widespread, yet from a different perspective we dehumanize those in Iran suffering also in the pandemic. And the American woman who attacked an Asian woman with an umbrella…
Perspective depends upon where one is standing. Warning: Do not read both pro Left and pro Right blogs at the same time! It’s too hard on the emotions, and too crazifying.
P.S. I HAVE AN IDEA:
Why don’t folks fact-check BEFORE they make statements, not after?