Don’t get slapped by the hand that feeds you

The lockdowns were to protect society’s most vulnerable.

For most folks, the virus is, at worst, like catching the flu. But if you’re already poor, sick or marginalised, then it might be worse than that. These people – the extra vulnerable – are who the virus hits the worst.

I won’t argue that.

But the lockdowns are a weird way to respond to that – like getting slapped by the hand that feeds you.

Because they hurt a lot of people too.

And they disproportionately hurt the… huh, the poor, sick and marginalised.

This is apparently the worst recession since World War 2, with a little extra fear, paranoia and restrictions thrown in.

Recessions always hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

“Better being unemployed than dead!”

Well, yeah, it is. If you want to boil down complex social and political considerations to a false dichotomy, then I won’t stop you. But if you think those are the only two options on the table, you haven’t thought hard enough.

(Besides, unemployment is deadly too. Is it as deadly as the virus? It’s hard to compare one fuzzy number to another, and I don’t know if anyone is really trying to…)

Anyway, I can’t bestow health upon you.

Nor can I top up your bank account, restore your lost opportunities or keep the economy afloat.

But I can help you recover a few things you’ve lost:

Like hope, dignity and a sense of purpose.

The whole situation might have stripped you of those, but you can always recover them.

In fact, if you want to get through this, it’s imperative you read this now:

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