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We’re now living in a pandemic. States of emergency are being declared all around us, and while people will get sick, some extremely ill, lots of us will just end up stuck in our homes without any clear idea of when we can again move about freely.
Things will be hard. The ripples from this virus will spread out across our human pond until every shore is touched. But they won’t be impossible to weather. And everyone is going through it, to a greater or lesser extent, and for varying reasons.
So what can we do? There’s loads of suggestions. Whether you heed all or any is up to you.
We can help each other in our cities by doing stuff for people who need stuff done.
Keep in mind that social distance is like even worse for people who are already isolated.
You can be your own meals on wheels.
Be kind to the people who are on the front lines of this thing, dealing relentlessly with all our crazy: cashiers and grocery store clerks. They are still showing up, ringing up our stuff. They’re doing it with much longer lines than normal, and they still don’t get to control the radio.
Don’t take all the toilet paper. Drop some bills in the food pantry box.
But if there isn’t any toilet paper left, consider embarking upon a helpful online community building workshop where you can learn to make your own. Call it upcycling!
Remember that liberty and freedom are essential, but since we don’t know quite what we’re facing, extreme measures like travel bans need to be tolerated, despite their inconvenience. Don’t get too testy when you movements are hindered. It’s not about you, it’s about everyone else.
Big companies can do their bit by giving us content to light up our screens in our quarantined darkness.
And if you want to make sure your favorite restaurant is still in business when this whole thing is over, buy your future dinner now.
If you know someone who has been out of touch, ease them into reality gently.
It’s okay to engage in gallows humour.
And to still say how much you hate having to deal with the other parents at your kids’ school.
Even if you offer to help the older folks in your neighborhood, don’t be surprised when they want to take you up on something other than your good intentions to run errands.
And want you to service their, um, other needs, instead. They’re mostly boomers, after all.