Why I don’t give a 💩 about 👑virus
I intend this essay to be a short one. I haven’t written a thing in a while so it is time to stretch my fingers, and it would be absolutely great if I can make a point along the way. So let’s talk about the pet peeve of these days.
👑virus! 👑virus! 👑virus!
Let me ask you something. Really.
Aren’t you tired of this 💩?
When people start talking to me about the virus, I disengage from the conversation in seconds.
“You don’t want to talk about the virus because you are in the safe part of the world!”
First of all, if you have been watching closely how the past month has unfolded itself, you should’ve understood by now that there is no such thing as a “safe part of the world”.
I hope what we all are experiencing right now will help humanity to absorb one valuable lesson — a lesson of a so-called butterfly effect:
When one sneezes in one part of the world, it shakes thousands in the other. Literally.
No one lives in isolation on this planet. What you do affects others. Even if you are a hermit meditating in the wilderness you are making an impact on the world of people by not participating in it.
Littering on the street being a tourist in another country? Well, think of it as you just took a dump in your own backyard.
By not behaving yourself and not being conscious about your own surroundings you are contributing to the demolition of your own home.
Be mindful of your input in this world at all times. A butterfly will swing its wings, and you will get a massive bi*ch-slap from the Universe, sooner or later.
Second of all, I do not talk about the virus not just because this problem didn’t affect me personally, or God forbid, my family and friends. I abstain from engaging with any information about the virus because I am a big fan of Stoicism — or more precisely, of one of its most practical tools:
Picture 1 illustrates what most people do. They care too much about the things that are out of their control or have no immediate practical value. They care about the things they cannot change or about how to “keep up with the Kardashians” (those are the kind of people that fight over toilet paper in a mall).🧻
In a perfect world, things would be different.
It is only when your circle of influence and circle of concern match in size that the true inner balance can be attained.
Sorting all the things in your mind into two circles gives you the most precious things of all. Clarity.
Clarity leaves no room for useless contemplation. Once you focus all your attention only on the things inside your circle of influence it leaves you with one option and one option only — pure action.
So here is an example. People ask me:
“But don’t you have compassion for the victims of COVID-19?”
Absolutely, I do. But I will always be countering this question with my question:
Can you do something about it?
If you can, then go and do.
But if you can’t then maybe you should take a step back and think about where your focus lies.
Not engaging with any information about 👑 can also be put in the context of another school of thought — Transurfing.
Close your mind for all external negativity. Create your own layer of reality. Deprive the things that disturb you, agitate you, or promote states of fear and anxiety of the energy of your attention. Everything that doesn’t serve you must be eliminated.
Now for me, what I write here is Common Sense 101. But if I have learned one thing throughout my fascinating journey on Earth, then it is that one sad truth:
Common sense is not so common.
Aspire to make your mind a tool that you control. Direct it. Do not follow it.
Do not consume and do not participate in spreading the disturbing news. Do not contribute to the panic.
Absorb the information that causes the anxiety and “extinguish” it. Make a decision not to participate in the propagation of useless information.
“But we need to spread the awareness!”
It is not your job to spread awareness. There are people who are getting paid to produce news and they are damn good at it.
The only awareness you must spread is the one that you must embody.
If you are concerned about a particular problem, do not just talk about it. Do something about it. Save youth from human trafficking, plant trees, clean oceans, quit eating meat. Do something that can be done by you, and do contribute to the noise. Lead by example.
So in the context of today’s topic, understand where your focus is. Identify the scope of your immediate actions.
And the only preventative measures that we can take is to do our best to educate ourselves on the ways the virus gets spread and put into practice all the possible methods of self-protection.
So at the end of the day, 👑virus is still a virus. And we are back again, at the Common Sense 101:
- Wash your hands frequently. Use a sanitizer. Make your own sanitizer if you failed to purchase one.
- Disinfect your home and workplace.
- Minimize contact with the surfaces (elevator buttons, doorknobs, restroom taps).
- Don’t touch your face.
- Wear a mask.
- Avoid big crowds and minimize your unnecessary interactions with people. Better be safe than sorry. It is still unclear how long the virus survives outside of the human body.
- If you have symptoms, seek professional help. But first, give them a call.
With that, I leave you this Saturday morning.
Be safe. Take care of your families. I send my intention to the Universe for all this nonsense to be over soon.
Thank you for reading this essay.
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