Living with uncertainty

It seems that many people, living through this strange time of pandemic illness — accompanied by a lot of confusion over conflicting narratives and stories — feel uneasy. I’ve used the word ‘surreal’ to describe the situation, and others besides myself have used that word to describe the feeling many of us are experiencing.

I don’t know how the strange situation is affecting those who read this blog; I can only guess or wonder. But it seems most of the bloggers and internet pundits have opted for the ”we’re doomed” approach. Some of the blogs I read regularly are becoming unbearable. It’s becoming too much to read the stark pronouncements from some bloggers who are determined to infect us with their deep pessimism. Or is it pessimism? Some people seem very excited at the prospect of the long-expected economic collapse and the possibility of mass deaths.

The bloggers who seem the most level-headed and trustworthy are those like Al Fin and a few others who have not got caught up in the apocalyptic scenario. Al Fin also is good at marshalling facts to support his opinions or prognostications. Some of the others have little to back up their assertions except emotion and hype. And yet it seems as if the latter group are the ones who are dominating the coverage and getting the most attention.

Certainly I take the virus seriously, but it seems to me as if the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19 was deadly as we are told, but yet the people did not resort to shutting down society in order to try to avoid the disease. Their approach of isolation and common sense care seemed to work well enough with the least disruption to people’s lives and psyches. This confinement of everyone will probably prove to take a toll on morale and emotional well-being — not to mention the economic devastation that’s being done now.

I also read that the H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu’ epidemic of the last decade actually claimed more victims, though it was not hyped as much by the sensationalizing media. And yet we survived it. But then most of the ”mainstream media” (read: luegenpresse) deny this — because President Trump said something similar, so they must try to discredit him.

So what is different about this plague, that it calls for much more draconian measures to keep it under control? The difference is that the media is spreading panic and unease, and most bloggers and ‘experts’ are betting on the gloom-and-doom, encouraging the law-of-the-jungle, everybody-for-himself attitude.

It seems unlikely that people will acquire needed perspective anytime soon.

Faith is what I am counting on to carry me through; Christians know these things are to happen, but we don’t know the timing or the way in which it will all play out. This came as no surprise to those of us who are Christians. I can only guess at what it all looks like from a nonbeliever’s perspective; I suspect that the popularity of the gloom-and-doom school of punditry is an indicator of how far we have gone away from the Christian faith, the faith of our fathers.

As to what Christians believe will happen, we are not taught that we will all die in one massive plague. That is not what is written, and so far the Christian belief system has a better idea of what is to come than those who are just wildly guessing, or even wishing, for one big apocalyptic event to wipe out the human race. More people seem to imagine — or wish — for some kind of climate disaster to finish off the human race.

God is forgotten today in favor of pundits and ‘journalists’ guessing wildly about what will happen tomorrow. For most people this is a godless universe and we are a blundering bunch of simian descendants who are destroying our once-pristine planet. Reality is not as crude or ugly as that.

Things are not happening randomly; there is a plan and an order to the universe. For some reason I am reminded of a quote that was repeated by none other than George W. Bush back in 2000 or so. Incidentally I was sorely displeased with both Bush presidents, just for the record. But the phrase Bush quoted was

“Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?”

The phrase appeared in correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John Page back in July, 1776. But neither of those men wrote or originated the phrase; if memory serves it was written by English playwright and essayist Joseph Addison, who was a Christian.

Men of that age, living in Christendom, rather than our 21st century Tower of Babel, had some comfort of believing that there was a God on high who was sovereign, rather than believing in a chaotic, unpredictable universe which we only pretend to understand.

Rather than succumb to the despair and fear of living in that kind of universe, people must have hope; people can only take so much of the uncertainty and fear of not knowing whether their lives will end suddenly or whether they will somehow accidentally be spared. It is hard to go on in a betwixt-and-between kind of existence, between hope and despair.

It seems despair and cynicism, plus selfishness, are winning out. This is not what we are destined for. We have to salvage some hope and positivity if we are to go on. And the people who spread the despair and fear are doing great harm to our spirits and our psyches. We are not just bodies; we are spirit, soul, and body, in one. We are not automatons, though we are often treated as such.

Thank heavens for writers like Cambria Will Not Yield, and anyone who speaks truth in this Age of the Lie. Another worthy blogger is Gerry Neal at Throne Altar Liberty, who wrote a good piece about our current situation.

One thought on “Living with uncertainty

  1. Everything is as well as can be expected in my neck of the woods, VA. I’ve said elsewhere that I now believe my whole family had this Corona virus thing back in January. Of course none of us knew what it was at the time, still don’t for sure, but whatever strain of flu it was we had hit us all extremely hard. I almost never get sick, and certainly not with the flu, but this thing knocked us all for a loop. Took two weeks plus for it to ‘run its course,’ and in the meantime we all had headaches that wouldn’t go away, fever that would not break, and in my case it got into my lungs which took forever to clear out, seemed like. Several other people we know got sick with the same thing or something very similar about the same time, and two of them wound up hospitalized with it for several weeks. No one (none of the common folk, I mean) had really heard of this thing at that point, but we know now that China knew about it as early as October, and that the U.S. government knew about it as early as mid to late December. But anyway,…

    I’m totally with you when it comes to this ‘doom and gloom’ attitude a lot of people have adopted. Can’t abide that. Where I live people are mostly taking it all in stride, and I’m grateful for that. I believe you are right to chalk that up to being ‘people of faith,’ which most around here are to one degree or the other. I tend to be pretty cynical in my ‘old age,’ but I also know that these sorts of things always have a ‘silver lining’ to them. Two of the best things that have happened because of this scare in my view is the closing of the schools and the empty parking lots (and therefore empty seats) at the Indian ‘gaming casinos’ I see when I drive by them now. There is talk in Oklahoma of shutting down the schools for the remainder of the school year. I hope so. I’d bulldoze the Indian gaming casinos in the state if I owned a bulldozer and thought I could get away with it. But that’s just me. I figure we’d do just fine without them and all the useless jobs they provide (we did fine without them before), so it wouldn’t bother me in the least to see that whole illicit ‘industry’ go belly-up in this state. But again, that’s just me.

    Hope all is well with you!

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