The New Normal?

Media today is flooded with talk about the “new normal” we will experience after this episode of the coronavirus ends. We are all going to have new standards for work, play, study, social interaction, shopping, and worship. We will be forced to change the way we live and even do away with hand-shaking. This new normal will prevent us from the great upheaval that COVID-19 brought to our lives, or so we are led to believe.

I do not agree with that premise.

The underlying problem exacerbating the severity of the virus’s impact is that a majority of people are too dependent on normalcy. We take for granted the routine benefits we expect and enjoy. We can purchase whatever groceries we want whenever we choose. We go where we want when we want, and we plan our lives on the presumption that our jobs will be there tomorrow and the days after that. Some of us even take our health for granted, thinking a virus could never attack us. Now, many of us are learning that experiencing crises or life-threatening events jars our perspective on the world. …

Lessons on isolation from the front lines, in time for Easter

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Are you isolated by yourself during coronavirus? Many, particularly our eldest generation are because their families must continue to work and have outside contact. Therefore, they must keep their distance to protect the most vulnerable as much as possible from the virus. Most of us have at least one such family member home alone. Our eldest generation also has more limited ability or access to electronic means to stay connected.

Others are locked-in with their family but feel alone because they are physically isolated from friends and their usual way of life. Many high school and college students are in this boat despite having the technology to see friends through virtual visits. …

Solutions from yesterday for the problems of today

In his song “Country Boys Can Survive,” Hank Willians Jr. declares that a country boy can skin a buck and run a trout line, along with a list of other skills that make country folks self-sufficient. Part of the refrain goes, “You can’t starve us out, and you can’t make us run, ’cause we them old boys raised on shotguns.”

In these days of coronavirus, we hear a lot about tips for survival. Some in the media say that chaos and civil collapse are but a breath away. Now is an exciting time for fans of zombie apocalypse television shows, who conjecture how to survive should a societal collapse occur as a result of this virus. But what are the real ways real people survive if we cannot buy what we want in stores or through the internet? …


Gary Harrington

CIA & Spec Ops veteran. I teach everyday people principles and techniques I used undercover and in war zones to face today’s threats with confidence.

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