Not today

“Applicants for wisdom do what I do: question from the inside.” – Heraclitus

– Some think the best they can do to fight the coronavirus is sit back and wait:

“Theoretically, staying home at all during the coronavirus pandemic is the most effective form of protection. This reduces your chances of contracting an infection and quickly curbs the spread of the disease. For example, a recent study in the journal Science found that this type of distance is even better than common travel bans. or more than its constraints.

In addition to the basics – don’t touch your face and wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds – the bottom line: don’t stress too much. “Maintaining your sanity” is equally important, says Moses Turkle Bility, assistant professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh: “Your mental health and well-being affects your immune system.” Do your best and develop habits you can stick with, but don’t panic if you can’t do everything.” – MIT Technology Review

– And they’re right.

– TRUE. I – however – think otherwise.

– To wait! What?

– You heard me. I think they should operationally define what is meant by “some sanity”.

– Do what?

– An operational definition of mental health might be how much good we’ve done during this crisis. They, you and I – most of us – are actions that contribute to a shared peace of mind. Acts of courage to say to this epidemic: “Not today.”

– are you my super ego?

– Maybe your alter ego.

– Certainly. I saw that movie.

– No, you didn’t. What happened is new to most of us. But – do not despair – there are many ways to take action. There are many ways to help. There are countless opportunities to volunteer. An important worker, no doubt.

– OK. I hear you. But how about volunteering? In these uncertain times, how can I help?

– You can offer many of the skills you have, such as your computer knowledge, bilingual fluency, writing skills, basic technical knowledge…

– You’re right.

– And guess what?

– What?

– There is always some kind of reward. Can you guess why?

– I can. The experience alone – if nothing else – would be invaluable.

“Do you know that you can help change the world by volunteering online from your phone or computer? Volunteering allows organizations and volunteers from all over the world to team up to tackle endless challenges. No matter talent or skill, everyone has something valuable to offer:

  • Art and Design
  • community organization
  • Outreach and advocacy
  • Research
  • teaching and training
  • technology development
  • Translation
  • Write and edit
  • Yourself.”

– Inquire from the inside.

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