Hopefully Not Going Full Apocalypse
Saturday, February 29, 2020
I don't think we're going to go full apocalypse.
There may be people who see posts like mine and the widespread increasing panic out there and think we are all blowing it out of proportion. But I have seen both pandemic and catastrophe planning from inside government. This is not unexpected.
Everything that the government or business or whoever has put in place however is not going to be enough. Nobody ever wants to spend enough money or time or effort to mitigate the huge giant risks because it's not worth it in the moment. But the bigger issue is, they are wicked problems and you can't solve a pandemic from outside of it.
Those of us who have been inside working on everything that could go wrong in this kind of a scenario can help in this moment. There are huge giant things that we can do to make this less bad. That's the work we're launching tomorrow.
THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO.
They are not for the faint of heart. They are going to require people to do real stuff to keep up our critical infrastructure so that our day-to-day lives don't look a whole lot different even if there is a high mortality rate.
If this sounds insane, then I would encourage you to take a look at the news. Worldwide travel is slowing fast. When was the last time we ever saw that in our lifetime? What does that even look like? Who knows what to expect?
Well, people who sit around thinking about this stuff and getting ready for it. I'm one of them. They are in a lot of the enormous businesses. They are all over government.
I will pass on this information, however. One of the biggest problems in this kind of situation is people don't think it's real. It seems unreal. There's a lot of denial. That can serve to hinder response and action. Some of the brave moves already made by big companies show that they had good plans in place and expected this. They are acting accordingly.
Not everyone will. We've seen that too.
And that's how it's going to keep going; spreading. The ones who make the crappy decisions are going to put the rest of us in danger.
We all have a choice too. If you're one of the ones trying to say that this is no big deal, then ask yourself... are you going to put someone's life in danger? Will you be able to live with that if they don't survive?
Good luck. Love your people. There's a way through this. Part of navigating that successfully will be being able to function in some chaos past our own grief and shock. We have a moment to do that.
There's a way through.
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