Saturday, March 21, 2020

14 Days Of Partial Lockdown (And Counting)

Today will be the 4th day of the partial lockdown imposed by the Malaysian government since 18 March 2020, in order to stem the nationwide spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

The past 3 days have been rather uneventful. Aside from being stuck in home and watching shelves in supermarkets emptying with a mixture of bemusement and mild annoyance, nothing much seems to have changed.

Of course, that's because I lead a relatively uneventful life to begin with. I'm not really missing out on anything I do on a daily basis that I really can't live without. 

All in all, life goes on...

Work from bed

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

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The biggest change, of course, is work.

I'm forced to work from home (not that I'm complaining).

Or rather, I'm prohibited from going into office - now, this is slightly tricky, because my line of work involves some degree of face-to-face meeting.

But difficult times call for contingency measures. Circumstances change every passing day. Adaptability is critical.

Perhaps the most frustrating part is projects and events being cancelled or suspended indefinitely. Months of work down the drain in a snap of a finger. Plans after plans being made redundant as conditions worsen and restrictions tighten.

Work is truly a whirlwind...

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The second other change is the social media toxicity.

That's the inevitable consequence of people being stuck at home and having more free time on their hands.

And predictably 80-90% of talk revolves around the Covid-19 pandemic - or more specifically, the endless stream of complaints and criticisms.

"Why is the government doing this?"

"Why is the government doing nothing?

"Why is the government changing plans?"

The pandemic is unprecedented. It's natural for governments to struggle, to make mistakes, to err at the side of caution.

Amazingly, there's a sudden surge of 'experts'. You know what? If you're so smart, why not submit your action plan to government? Why not form a special task force of like-minded experts? Why not volunteer to help the front-line?

Oh wait, you're special, we need to keep your brain safe and fingers sharp to keep continue saving the world through social media...

Here's the brutal truth about humanity - we're more toxic than any virus can be.

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In The Matrix, Agent Smith delivers this chilling revelation:
"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus."

Stop hoarding. Stop whining. Stop spreading toxicity.

Keep calm. Keep working. Keep faith in humanity.

Hopefully, on 1 April - at the time of my next writing - the sun will shine brightly again.

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