What I have seen in recent days that the coronavirus has been teaching us through the media coverage and politicians reactions is terrifying in the
long term. It only takes 6 weeks to ingrain a habit, the longer one engages in those changes, the longer and stronger the long term changes in the
brain. These are my observations of what is happening to US citizens.
This will most likely have ramifications much like the Great Depression. Many adults will carry psychological scars of fear and distrust of "others"
for the rest of their lives, much like those old enough to be aware, carried the psychological scars of the Great Depression for the rest of their
We are being trained to fear and distrust anyone not in our direct household. We are told (and for good reason now) to stand at least 6 feet away
from anyone not living in our household. Grandparents are told to not touch or be closer than six feet to their grandchildren and grown children.
Barriers are being set up at check out stands to keep us separated from "others", and dots put on floors to keep us separated. It doesn't matter how
nice the "other" is, or how much you like/love them, we are being taught to fear the "other".
We are being trained that no matter how nice or how much you like/love another person, they could be an asymptomatic carrier and not know it,
therefore not to be trusted, but to be feared and kept apart from. Not that it is the other person's fault, but that we are to fear and distrust them
"just to be safe".
One very sad consequence is some of the stories I have read on ATS,Quora, and other places. Where a grandparent was distanced from their family for
their own safety, the family loved the person, but kept their distance. The grandparent died alone in their house after asking for a visit and being
told that it was not safe for any family member to visit them, for their own good. This has made many hate the government that forced in some
countries, and encouraged in other countries the physical abandonment of people living alone, even if they made phone calls, etc.
The media loves and thrives on frightening people. They have gone overboard in terrifying us into submission and into fearing even the nicest person
we know. The media constantly and consistently tells us to stay away from "others" and to fear they may be carrying the disease that could kill us
and not to trust even the nicest and our closest friends and relatives, but to keep distance from them.
The media has long been fomenting hate, it seems to be the signature of journalism and the media these days. ALL media has open bias these days and
instead of promoting working together, has been doing it's best to make us hate the "other side". Not only hate, but to have a deep and abiding
distrust of the "other side". This adds to the fear and distrust between people. The media assures us that those who have a different political
point of view from us are dangerous to our health and "their" (the other sides) actions show they are out to do what they can to insure we catch the
disease and die. This is also ingraining in people that if "your side" is not in charge, then one must never, ever, ever, trust the government or
those in power who don't think exactly the way they "should".
Politicians are just as bad. There is no unity in our government, there is only hate/loathing/disgust/distrust/fear of the "other side". To the
point where Congress is putting together another bureaucratic layer, delaying (coronavirus) help to the American people, delaying any assistance,
stopping action to investigate, just so one side can "stick it to the other side". This constant "you can't trust" the government if we aren't in
charge has been teaching the people a great deal. To hate your government, to distrust your government, that no one can possibly work with anyone who
has a different political outlook.
Through the constant and unrelenting message of you can't trust your government, you must fear and distrust your government by the politicians
themselves they are creating an atmosphere not only of disunity, but total and complete distrust and fear of the government itself. When every
measure to assist the American people by the government is called dangerous, too early, too late, not enough, too much over and over and over by
politicians. We have learned to distrust and actually fear those who are running the government itself.
What will the future hold? If the country goes socialist, they will have to use totalitarian, oppressive, and authoritarian methods to force people
into group think, which is absolutely necessary for a socialist country to thrive and survive. The people will have been taught quite well to
distrust and fear the government so it will take draconian measures to bring those people into line for a successful socialist government. If the
country reacts by individualism digging in so tightly that nothing gets done, because individuals don't trust the government and will have been taught
that one can only rely on oneself and must in all cases take care of oneself first (even if it means hoarding and never sharing) and ones family above
everyone else around them.
Yes the media and politicians are doing a great job of traumatizing the nation into one of two directions, of which both are terrifying in the long
Is there a solution? Maybe, the self-isolation suggestion was good. That was where people decided for themselves rather to expose themselves and
their loved ones or not. At least that didn't rely on hating, fearing, and distrusting everyone and everything around them. Stopping the political
hate and the politicians work together to conquer the virus. I think the country is beyond being capable of any sort of unity or working together,
between the major parties, because for years politicians have been teaching everyone to hate/loathe/despise anyone who disagrees with us politically.
Trying to get the media to realize what they have done to the nation by abandoning the basic tenets of fair and unbiased journalism? I also don't
think that is possible, they seem to thrive on fomenting as much hate and division and doing as little real journalism as possible these days. We're
screwed basically, thanks mostly to the biased media and politicians who absolutely refuse to work together for the good of the nation.
edit on 4/6/20 by The2Billies because: spelling grammar