RT @hardmaru: How the new coronavirus will change the world permanently:
• Voting by mail will become the norm
• A decline in polarization
• The rise of VR / telemedicine
• Stronger domestic supply chains
• The inequality gap will widen
• A revival of parks
RT @SeanTrende: Read this. Note how many of the "big thinkers" are convinced this virus will reorient society in ways they find ideologically desirable. And that tells you much of what you need to know about "big thinkers."
The pursuit of excellence is an empty and endless treadmill. The truth is that by the definition of mediocre, the vast majority of all people/things are and always will be mediocre. The idea that everyone can and should shoot for the stars is complete fantasy. It's just that many people are unable to get past their own egos telling them they have to be exceptional to be worth anything. That attitude just leads to boom/bust cycles and wasted resources on needless competition when there should instead be cooperation.
If you always need to be after "more" in order to be happy, you will never be happy. True happiness is realizing when you have enough.
No one can be better at everything.
What you can do is find a few things you enjoy and really focus your efforts on being better at that handful of things than everyone in your social circle.
For example I’m a big meat eater, but recently I had to learn some vegetarian dishes because a family member married a vegetarian. I practice some dishes but they lacked pizazz. I played with them improving each of the components making sure they brought as much flavor to the dish as possible. The cumulative effect of adding additional flavor to each element made a huge difference in the final dish.
Now my mushroom and spinach lasagna with a roasted red pepper sauce is requested for almost every family holiday meal.
I didn’t plan on a vegetarian dish being a signature dish in my recipe collection but because I put in the effort to make it better than average it ended up happening.
Some diamonds amongst the rough in that article (I just totally misused that idiom lol). I liked this take:
COVID-19 will sweep away many of the artificial barriers to moving more of our lives online. Not everything can become virtual, of course. But in many areas of our lives, uptake on genuinely useful online tools has been slowed by powerful legacy players, often working in collaboration with overcautious bureaucrats. Medicare allowing billing for telemedicine was a long-overdue change, for instance, as was revisiting HIPAA to permit more medical providers to use the same tools the rest of us use every day to communicate, such as Skype, Facetime and email. The regulatory bureaucracy might well have dragged its feet on this for many more years if not for this crisis. The resistance—led by teachers’ unions and the politicians beholden to them—to allowing partial homeschooling or online learning for K-12 kids has been swept away by necessity. It will be near-impossible to put that genie back in the bottle in the fall, with many families finding that they prefer full or partial homeschooling or online homework. For many college students, returning to an expensive dorm room on a depopulated campus will not be appealing, forcing massive changes in a sector that has been ripe for innovation for a long time. And while not every job can be done remotely, many people are learning that the difference between having to put on a tie and commute for an hour or working efficiently at home was always just the ability to download one or two apps plus permission from their boss. Once companies sort out their remote work dance steps, it will be harder—and more expensive—to deny employees those options. In other words, it turns out, an awful lot of meetings (and doctors’ appointments and classes) really could have been an email. And now they will be.
Lots of exciting/frightening things to mull over education transitioning online.
For many Americans right now, the scale of the coronavirus crisis calls to mind 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis—events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use.
Politico Magazine surveyed more than 30 smart, macro thinkers this week, and they have some news for you: Buckle in. This could be bigger.
A global, novel virus that keeps us contained in our homes—maybe for months—is already reorienting our relationship to government, to the outside world, even to each other. Some changes these experts expect to see in the coming months or years might feel unfamiliar or unsettling: Will nations stay closed? Will touch become taboo? What will become of restaurants?
But crisis moments also present opportunity: more sophisticated and flexible use of technology, less polarization, a revived appreciation for the outdoors and life’s other simple pleasures. No one knows exactly what will come, but here is our best stab at a guide to the unknown ways that society—government, healthcare, the economy, our lifestyles and more—will change.
I'm an angry optimist lol, I understand your thinking though. We just can't go back to the way we used to do things. Ideally people would become more involved in the whole process, and in that way educate themselves to the realities of this current system's flaws.
I do hope that having this situation directly impact so many families makes people realize why change is neccessary. Some states have included grocery store workers as "essential"...Maybe we could pay them like they are.
We absolutely should, we saw the impact on emissions when China quarantined. Also if we stop expanding the way we are we should see less transmission from animal to human, we will not be pushing into their areas as much.
I hate to draw comparisons with a movie, but Contagion was quite accurate with a lot of what we see now. The horrible reality is that we will not act until people die. People selling fake cures and spreading misinformation, not acting quickly etc., we will realize when this is over how drastically unprepared we are for the realities we actually live with on our little rock.
>we will realize when this is over how drastically unprepared we are for the realities we actually live with on our little rock.
Meanwhile, our little rock has a terrible fever and getting worse and I don't see anyone prepping for that.
It's going to have to get really really really bad for The Stupids to realize that they don't need Manolo Blahniks, 24 carat gold plated butt implants, man caves, she sheds, and singing trout wall ornaments.
911 was a visible enemy attacking us though, with this if there is any measurable level of common sense in this country we will not go back to business as usual. Highly optimistic I know, it's my fatal flaw.
At least until we can bio-engineer an effective vaccine.
It's the restructuring of the global supply and distribution chain and the drastic lowering of Murkan consumerist expectations that's likely to cause the greatest rent to our social fabric. That and when the screens go out, and they close all the fast feed outlets.
Glad I live in the tules far, far from the madding crowd.
Also, Brave New World is a dystopian novel about a strictly classist society that is controlled through self-inflicted, media- and drug-induced passivity. Why would you use this phrase in a positive way? It's like saying "1984 is on the horizon, if we can work for it."
Even in the original use in Shakespeare, it's meant ironically as Miranda's naivety blinds her to the evils of the world around her.
Basically we here in the US won't know how bad this really is until tests are able to be widely distributed. But the exponential growth we are already seeing is pretty indicative of a situation like Italy is seeing now. The cost will be much higher than it should be, but sadly that is when most major reforms happen in a society.
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People overestimate the increase in remote work. Employers like control and a percieved ability to better control employees and ensure productivity along with camaraderie means we are unlikely to see a large shift to work from home. Now companies might start offering "work from home days" in addition to paid sick leave and other measures. That seems more realistic, but will still be more like 10 days a year.
Propaganda. Thats what I saw by looking through. Especially the one of renewed faith in institutions like really if anything it reinforced they are not dependable and falling apart, the economic system is super fragile and weak, and humans themselves are fragile. I think these people really underestimate the people who have been going off the grid for a long time now to varying degrees the DIY-ERS, homesteaders, gardners, herbalists, etc because they are less dependent on systems and were probably more prepared in general, I think we will see things like that grow more, homeschoolers, homebirthers, homesteaders, fringe communities, etc. The economy will definitively change and the likelihood is collapse in the future, especially given another situation like this which will happen, viruses, bacteria are always a thing, and it didn't take much to bring most people to their knees, antibiotics have been predicted to become obsolete in the future already for years as these microorganisms mutate and adapt, and this only on the health front the healthcare system has been failing for a while now, all the other systems have major flaws as well. The less you depend on them the better imo. They created the problem now they want to give you THEIR narrow solution not the infinite ocean of possibilities, lock you into a limited reality. God it's good to be awake in these times.
This article is shit. As a physician I literally LOL’d at the part about saluting doctors and nurses, giving them guaranteed health benefits and corporate discounts. More like a couple months after this blows over people giving me shit online reviews for not writing them oxycodone and dilaudid prescriptions for nothing issues and berating me for insurance and administrative issues I have zero control over. I imagine the rest are just as fucking stupid but I had to stop there.