As the great wise Yoda said:
We need to take the Lazy side and just relax and chill for a bit. Hard work is NOT the path to success and so getting “worked” up about things will only make us fail. We must relax and make decisions based on logic and reason here, instead of frantic emotions.
If you think about it, nearly every single fuck up you ever made in your personal life probably had to do with a decision you made based on your emotions.
You felt mad so you yelled and now that person doesn't talk to you.
You felt frustrated so you cut someone off and now you have a ticket.
You felt stressed so you drank too much and winded up passed out on a park bench.
You get the gist.
If you're not in control of your emotions, your emotions are in control of you. And consequently, if on the larger scale, the people of society are not in control of their own emotions then emotions are in control of society. Emotions are a terrible ruler of society. (Although some may argue that our current president is the epitome of emotions ruling society but I digress)
Train yourself to relax and respond, rather than reacting immediately. We need to all do this for the good of society because order in society is directly proportional to the amount of order the individuals within it have over themselves.
More importantly than any sort of vaccine, the cure to this chaos is laziness -- total relaxation.
Take a moment to stop, rest, and actually fucking think about what you're doing before you jump up and go do it. Embrace a mental state of total relaxation. Embrace your laziness. Stay calm.
You can avoid a lot of mistakes and a lot of consequences by simmering down for a moment before taking action both in your daily life and amid this “crisis”. A crisis, of course, is only as troublesome as you believe it to be. While a crisis can be serious, it does not need to be troublesome. You can be concerned without being panicked. You can look at potential threats, without giving into the fear.
Analyze the best course of action, logically and lazily, instead of jumping the gun to do something right away in your emotional turmoil. Procrastinate with Purpose. Be in control of your own decision-making process and don’t let your emotions take the steering wheel. Otherwise, you’ll crash and burn (and so will society if enough people allow their emotions to guide them completely)
When in a highly emotional situation, procrastinate your next move, objectively look at the situation and don't attach emotion to it.
As Simon Sinek says: "Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options. "
Attaching emotions to the situation makes it seem worse than it really is and has you justifying the worst type of behavior. Look, there’s a virus. It’s airborne. People are getting sick. Yes, some people are dying. Infected people may not show symptoms for weeks and easily spread it. That much you can’t control.
Take your time. Relax. Take a step back. Look at what is actually happening, and accept the parts of the circumstance that are beyond your control. Then focus on the parts that you actually can.
A virus outbreak is on the rise? Well mother nature can be a bitch. The fact that the virus is here is beyond your control. You can control whether or not you give into the panic and fear you are feeling and run out to the store to hoard supplies for yourself, screwing over other people in the process. You can control whether or not you stay on the couch all day or insist on working your ass off and risk getting infected. You can control whether or not you only take what you need.
Your Emotional Ego is the little kid inside you trying to fuck everything up.
Maybe the kid has a point, but his way of going about things is usually immature and uncalled for.
In other words, listen to your emotions but don't let them have authority over you.
Be the parent of your own inner-child.
It’s best we don’t allow our inner-children to run the course of society and be adults about this whole situation. It’s best we be lazy, laid-back procrastin8rs, who are in full control of our emotions.
We're literally in a National State of Emergency.
Schools are closed. Prisons and hospitals are banning visitors. The military has been given permission to do what is "necessary" to address the emergency.
Scientists doubt it'll disappear during the summer, like the flu. The infection rate is high and the amount of infected is quadrupling every week. In a few months, at this rate, nearly the whole population of the entire WORLD could be infected.
Everything happening right now seems like the prologue to an apocalypse movie.
Is Coronavirus a real threat or just all hype from the media?
That's for us to decide. That’s for us to choose. And we can choose to be lazy or panic.
See, what we have to keep in mind, fellow ProcrastiN8rs, is that NO virus outbreak will ever cause the complete collapse of society.
It's just a tiny thing. It's mysterious, sure. It’s life-threatening, yeah (though the survival rate is quite high at that)
But nothing we can't solve. Nothing we can't figure out.
We, as a collaborative human society, are smart. We have the tools necessary to solve problems.
We can eventually find a vaccine and eradicate any virus, including this one.
A virus will never cause societal breakdown
But what does cause such a thing is the panic, what does cause it is the fear
Panic and fear is what collapses society, not the virus itself.
We CHOOSE whether or not to give into the fear we are feeling inside. We may not have a choice in what this virus does, we may not have a choice in how we feel about it, but we do have a choice in how we react to it.
Just like your own personal problems, you may not control what happens (externally) but you can control your reaction to it (internally). Usually panic and fear, and deciding to react to it, is what leads to further problems in your own personal life. The same principle applies on a large scale.
There’s that old famous saying that we’re “making a mountain out of a molehill”, which is to say you’re imagining the problem as much bigger than it is in reality, through your own worry. Relax man, it’s no big deal. Don’t worry about a damn thing, including Coronavirus!
When we worry, we make the problem worse than it really is, much worse actually, and typically make irrational decisions which cause consequences that lead us to worry even further. Next, we're making another irrational decision and so on and so forth.
It's a fucked up cycle.
People are, unfortunately, triggering this cycle by not reacting well internally and are choosing to react to the outbreak with panic. They are choosing to worry. They are letting their Ego run the show. They are getting "worked up" rather than taking it easy.
People are hoarding supplies FOR THEMSELVES, everything from toilet paper to hand sanitizer to food. Shelves are being emptied.
It is this panic (fear) that causes the hoarding, which brings the depletion of resources, which causes the fights (anger), which leads to mobs, which goes further into anarchy (hate), and eventually brings us to...an apocalypse (suffering).
People rush to get more than they actually need all to take care of their own self preservation. They're only out to save their own asses (both literally and figuratively). They are selfish and care only about protecting their own Ego.
They're not thinking about the bigger picture.They’re not thinking about how we’re all in this together. They're not thinking about how if they rush to acquire resources that actually makes everyone else rush for them too. It creates a domino effect. When one person falls to Ego and panics, it causes other people to fall as well. We’re all connected. Our individual decisions and ability to control our own emotions (internally) affects the bigger picture (externally) and humanity in its entirety.
Rushing to hoard supplies, in panic, creates unnecessary tension and competition between us all; it amps up the pace for society as a whole.
If a wheel spins too fast, it flies off. That is to say: Rushing in panic mode is more deadly and disastrous than this virus ever will be.
Slow n' Steady wins the race. We must keep that in mind during this time. “Keep calm and carry on”
We can certainly blame a corrupt healthcare system, a lack of preparation by the government, the over sensationalized media if and when there is a collapse.
We can point fingers at whoever we please. But this act of scapegoating does us no good. We must take responsibility for our own Ego and our own emotions fueling it.
Ultimately, a collapse doesn't come down to authority's failure to battle and destroy the virus, it comes down to the individual's failure to battle and destroy their own Ego.
Imagine if instead of running out to the stores, thinking to ourselves:
"I have to survive this. I have to make sure I live. I can't die. Not me."
Imagine if we all just stayed home, relaxed, played video games or whatever, order supplies like food and soap only when we actually needed it and said:
"I just need enough. No more. No less. Just enough. I'm not too worried about this. It'll work itself out fine."
If we all sit on the couch all day and only eat and use what we need, without hurrying to stockpile, the virus would be quarantined within a week. There would be no rushed panic for resources. We'd all be good.
You and I just need a little patience. Cue GNR.
The key to solving this pandemic is not to worry.
There are problems with how society functions, but it's up to the emotional decisions at an individual level that determine whether or not we need to tear everything down in order to build it back up.
I say we opt to let society grow slow n' steady, instead of taking the destructive route of erasing everything to start over.
Laziness is the ultimate solution to this pandemic. So let's embrace it.
I mean heck, I never thought I'd see the day where we're being told by big figureheads to stay home from work. Of course, I never needed anyone to tell me to do that.
The best sort of prevention of getting infected by the Coronavirus is to avoid any human contact.
Stay in the house all day.
On the couch or on the bed, playing video games or watching Netflix. Heck, maybe even drink some Corona!
So in other words, laziness is the best survival tactic for this viral apocalypse.
Just embrace your laziness and you’ll be fine.
ProcrastiN8rs will survive because, due to our habits, we’re naturally immune.
Keep calm and Sloth On,
(Oh and wash your hands!)