There is something very individualistic about Americans that I appreciate very much.
I, personally, don’t particularly want to go to a cashless society. I don’t want to be chipped or have my children chipped. I don’t want the government to have access to the personal data on my phone and computer. I don’t want corporations to know all of my spending habits and things I like down to the moment I change my mind. I don’t want these people to know and track where I am every moment of my life.
I absolutely hate all of that!!
As far as this pandemic I do wish we had more federal control and aid. I want more accurate numbers for testing. I want more PPP supplies to be mandated for our hospitals and people on the frontline. I want more financial aid to the people who need it the most, to individuals and families, not giant corporations, hedge funds, senators and the Catholic Church.
I also would like more contact control for the people being exposed to this pandemic to be quarantined.
China and Beijing did not have that grand resurgence that was talked about. They had a small resurgence that was squelched as quickly as it started. The government came in, closed down the market involved and quarantined everyone associated with it and that was that.
I love the American fighting spirit of individuality. I truly do. Which is why even when I disagree with people politically I can applaud their fervent ardor.
But here now, we are talking of deaths. We are talking about innocent people dying unnecessarily and I just can’t stomach that. I really can’t.
So, in my opinion, if it takes having some rights revoked, like contact tracing, forced quarantines, forced masks, forced testing. I am for it.
I, of course, stop short of mandated vaccines, until they can prove a low threshold on adverse affects* and no toxic additives are put in them. If they can prove that (to an acceptable flaw rate by reputable cross checking) I will absolutely change my mind. Because I genuinely do believe in the greater good.
But…. all these powers I’m willing to give the government to prevent more deaths will squelch our personal freedoms. So of course when this is all done I want all those freedoms, especially my autonomy and anonymity back. Do I trust the government to do that? Honestly, not really, no. But I guess what I am saying is that I’m willing to take that chance.
I did something I’ve wanted to do for years. I made the garage sale a “pay whatever you want” format. Some people hated it and just walked out. Some people loved it and bought boxes full. Some people took a car load and paid $15. Some people took a handful and paid $40. There was no rhyme or reason to it. But overall I think it averaged out to what I expected. And all this without me having to haggle at all, which is the least fun part to me, from a seller stand point.
Which brings me to my conclusion that together as a society we are truly amazing. There are always people on either spectrum but overall people come to a great consensus given the correct and same information.
It’s actually a proven phenomena called the consensus of crowds. They did an experiment where they showed a diverse group of people, not connected in any particular way a jar of jelly beans and asked everyone for a count. After the tabulation was done the entire group collectively came within 3.1% of the actual number in the jar. The actual number was 1,116 and the guesses added up to 1,151.
Which to me speaks of how extraordinary we are as a collective when we work together.
I, for one, was truly happy with the ease and the outcome of the garage sale. There is reason for faith in humanity. Proven once again. Which makes me truly happy.
*But, unfortunately, we know the system for reporting adverse pharmaceutical affects in this country is extremely limited, flawed and corrupt.