Living with virus on our minds

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Ive monitored my post performance since changing from Facebook to my blog and the results are interesting. I can see how many people have visited the blog and how many have read what I posted.

Turns out, the most popular blogs posts being read are all pandemic-related. If there’s any information, or likely to be any information, relating to the virus there will be many readers. It would appear, despite everyone’s casual attitude, that the virus is very much on everyone’s mind.

That need for information about a virus we don’t want to think about shows where our minds are, where our focus is – irrespective of how we spend our day. Sure, we talk about our lives, our plans, our goals, what we are working on, where we want to go and what we have learned, but front-and-centre in our minds is the one thing we can neither control nor predict when it will go away.

This is a very real example of our current level of stress, and it can’t continue indefinitely. Increased stress means changed behaviour, it means a change in how people deal with each other and it means finding different and potentially more extreme ways of dealing with that stress.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months. Warmer weather, greater freedom and a sense of frustration that needs to be burned off. Sounds like a potentially volatile combination.

On a final note, since the creation of the sharpened stick, the wooden club and the stone axe, we have known what the instruments of war look like. We know what they are and how they are used, even if we don’t wield them ourselves. Back in 1746 a new weapon of war was added to the list officially – even though its origins have been traced back as far as 1,000BC.

Originally wielded by the Hittites, that empire which is now the countries of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus, it was not until the Battle of Culloden and the defeat of the Highland Army that the bagpipes were recognised as an instrument of war. It was the piper James Reid who was sentenced to death along with his fellow Jacobites as the judge stated “a Highland regiment never marched without a piper, and therefore the bagpipes are an instrument of war”.

The defeat of the Highland Army by the English resulted in the Act of Proscription which not only forbid the playing of bagpipes but also speaking Gaelic and wearing tartan.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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