#COVID19 – the equalizer
by Sophia Love, published on February 13, 2020
Let’s talk about ideas of association and of personality and of form. These things are characteristics of our human condition. We learn by association. We have personalities and we exist in form. These attributes are components of us, both separate and united within one being; the human being.
They mean that each of us actually looks and acts a specific and unique way, while being viewed through lenses that associate characteristics in order to learn. We build our knowledge base that way. It is how we understand novel ideas and make sense of our surroundings. Association is helpful, it gathers what appears to be similar information and holds it in one place for easy retrieval…until it becomes a weapon.
Polarity is ripe ground for growing associative weapons. We are living in a polarized world. It is a lazy convenience to associate form and personality with other “facts”. (All ____ are lazy. All ___ are selfish. All ___ are evil. All ___ are smart. All ___ are contagious. Etc.) These associations are the basis of bigotry. None of them are based on truth. They are opinions that have been weaponized.
It does make sense to associate programs and forms of government with historically recorded results. It also is a good idea to associate a specific action from a specific person as likely to recur if similar conditions arise. It makes no sense to generalize and fall back to those generalizations as reasons for your responses and actions to anything relatively similar.
All this is to say that right now we are facing existential questions about ourselves. We are being asked to formulate the world we see as true, and the world we want to be living in, as well as the world we believe in. This may not be the world we have been told is true, or even accepted as probably true. Yet this will be the world we will soon find ourselves inhabiting. We are in the midst of creating that world right now.
We are being asked to become investigators into our core beliefs. It is these beliefs that will hold steady as this current reality devolves into a chaotic blend of media parrots and real heroes and true catastrophe. This is how a civilization becomes new. It must first be undone. Then it is re-imagined.
What do you hold sacred? This moment we sink into now will demand self-authority and personal responsibility. You do not live alone; you are responsible for the impact your presence has on those you come into contact with. You must see that your own house is in order before you toss any stones. All of our houses are glass.
We must build up more than our immune systems. We must strengthen our resolve with authenticity, and pad all of our interactions with compassion. Covid19 does not care what religion you believe in, who you love, how much land you own, what your title is, or what your education is.
Covid19 is an equal opportunistic character that will happily visit each one of us before it departs. WE ARE THE SAME. WE FACE THE SAME RISK. WE SHARE THE SAME CHANCES FOR SURVIVAL. HOWS THAT FOR AN EQUALIZER?
What I wanted to say, most of all, is that if you haven’t yet noticed an early warning system, consider this it. It is time to let go. Let go of opinion and judgment and ideas that hold you in their grip. None those things matter. Release fear as it will color things for you, making them darker and more difficult to navigate.
Nothing matters but your internal resolve. What kind of human are you? Covid19 will show you. What hat you have on or god you worship or designer name you wear has no effect on your answer. Remember? Glass houses. We all put our pants on one leg at a time.
At the end of the day, we will all see each other. We’ve been hiding behind righteousness and anger and fear and despair and pretense, trying not to face each other.
Come out, come out wherever you are! The world needs you now. It does not need your opinions or your shame or your reasons for either. It needs your strength. It needs your light. It needs your help.
What you did before is not relevant. What you do NOW changes everything.