posted on Apr, 24 2020 @ 01:34 PM
I should rephrase that, Why opening up won't be the "cure" some think it is.
We've heard the following a lot lately.
If you don't want to go out, don't (usually followed by some kind of insult)
Yesterday I checked in with a friend, someone in the service industry.
She wanted to know when I was coming in. I told her I wasn't until I feel it was safe to do so.
She gave me every excuse why it is safe. I'll be honest it really ticked me off. I told her that I have my reasons and she should respect that.
That's where I think a lot of people say "Well stay home" but they don't really mean it.
Some people say let's just social distance. I could give thousands of
incidents where this is just not happening. Someone even on ATS wrote a whole thing about a lady that was angry that he was too close at the grocery
store and he was ticked off about it because she wanted him in another zip code. Seriously is it so impossible to just stay 6ft from another person?
Pandemic or not, I hate when people invade my bubble. You all know what I'm talking about, you're at the grocery store, you are putting your card in
the reader and there is that person right up on you. I always make an exaggerated gesture like they are stealing my pin number and then they get
offended and back off.
I think what a lot of these business owners don't realize is that they are damned if they do, damned if they don't. I think we've already passed
the threshold where things can go back to normal. I know a lot of people in Georgia. Nobody that I know, will be going to salons,
or massage parlors or to get their nails done regardless of the order. The will still be working from home and social distancing as best they can.
Of course, I'm sure some people will go out, but will that be enough for these businesses to survive? The people with the most disposable income are
also the ones with the ability to work from home and order from home.
Where I live it is extremely polarizing. I've seen shops say they are going to open regardless of the order. People have outright said they will
never shop there again.
If the order is officially lifted tomorrow, some people will go right and and live as it was before, some will go out cautiously, others will never be
quite the same. We know when these stores open, there will be more deaths. That is guaranteed until we either close off for extended time or have
widespread testing/cure. When stores open up and there are spikes (of course the news will report and maybe exaggerate it), and maybe people that
weren't too concerned before will now have relatives that are infected or have died, this will have a whiplash effect on these places. I've seen
that in my area too, some people didn't really believe until they actually know someone that died, someone that wasn't elderly.
I don't think we are going to have a ravenous pent up demand period either. I think the opposite is going to occur. Three groups of people, people
will money will always do whatever they want. Then there are going to be people that will be hurt by the pandemic, and will need to watch every penny.
Then there will be some that have actually saved money and maybe realized how much crap they have been buying. (especially fast food)
I do think some people might enjoy going to a restaurant again when things open. I have seen a lot of people posting about how much crap they have
been getting rid of from their houses. I wonder if we have turned the corner on useless materialism. Maybe some moms and dads will decide that they
don't want to go back to "normal", or work etc. Maybe some will decide they are going to retire early, or are forced to do so. Some people might
now realize that they have been working themselves to death. Maybe some will take a vacation in the national parks instead of Disney. Thinking about
the pandemic, maybe thoughts of what is really important in life is coming into play. How many are posting photos of giving their family haircuts.
Back in the day, that is the only type of haircut we got. Children almost never got a haircut professionally, it was always done by mom, or a buzz cut
by dad. A more simple life.
I've seen several people mention a great awakening. I really believe it.
Sorry to ramble, just my random thoughts of the day.