I have listened to my kids ask my mother about life during the Spanish flu (Mom was not born but her mother's sister died of it .) We all have a sense of the historic gravity of this pandemic and economic crash. These are strange times. Future generations will ask about you when they are tested. All of us need to have inspirational stories to tell. Be your best now.
Innovate, contribute, act selflessly in the service of others. Find ways to calm the fearful, feed the hungry, guard those as risk, keep the peace, uplift the tired, and do what no scientist or politician can predict. Be part of the stories, that you will be proud of. Wonderful in dark times is impossible to predict. Bossless distributed networks of people rose up in 2014 to contribute to the fight against Ebola, they jumped in bass boats to rescue people the Coast Guard couldn't after hurricanes, they jogged food to the hungry in flooded New York after Sandy. (many posts here in the past)
Yes. We have many problems. The problems will get worse. But we will rise with answers and energy. We will organize in new ways and at a new scale, faster than ever imagined. Here are just of the few inspirational, distributed, and amazing stories out there. These are exactly the kinds of stories we all want to tell.
- Being brave and giving blood when they needed it most
- Organizing Meal Delivery for Hospital Staff (boosting restaurants and health care workers!)
- Reconfiguring equipment to create more ventilators.
- Turning a Whiskey Distillery into a Sanitizer Factory
- Sing-alongs. & Distributed Balcony Bands
- Volunteer Cleaning Crews
- Distributed Mask Production
- Matching volunteers to At-risk people
- The volunteers will do things like run errands, get groceries and other supplies when members of the vulnerable community are unable to do it.
- Free Uplifting music! (thanks U2 nice! )
- Sing as a resistance.
- Took the lead in the #handwashchallenge
The danger of this virus is real. The feelings of helplessness, loss of control, and fear are optional. Love ya humanity. Do us proud. I look forward to hearing your story too.