Last night a friend asked if I was cranky while we talking and I said no.
Well that’s not quite true, I meant I was not cranky with my friend. However the world in general and the massive failure of the international mail system, damn right that makes me cranky. Grumble. Grin.
I think the unprecedented, response to the covid19 fiasco will lead to the fall of civilization. OK, perhaps I indulge in hyperbole, but, on the other hand, maybe I’m understating the problem.
This mail system failure is an example. Japan will not accept mail from certain countries. Same is true with the States. Even between US & Japan, mail transfer, as I read , is impossibly, abominably, unacceptably slow!
Oh I understand the reasoning behind the initial reaction to covid19; As it possibly (probably) was created in, and escaped from a bio-weapons lab in China, hesitating, stopping everything, for a short period until we see if it’s going to destroy all life was a good thing. However after the first week or so by early March at the very latest, we have had a rather clear understanding of the disease, it’s vectors and it’s potential morbidity and moralities.
So! Way back then everything should have returned to normal, international passenger planes should have started flying, barber shops should have been opened, folks that wanted to go to Las Vegas to throw away their money should have been allowed to do so, etc.
Yes, everything should have gone back to normal, the exception being we clearly understood what segment of the population was/is vulnerable (Folks with four score years behind them,such as me, etc.) and they should have been protected or allowed to protect themselves but, but, but let everyone else go on with their lives!
Destroy, delimit, curtail the economy, force workers to huddle in place rather than work and produce goods, foodstuffs, clothing, fuel, mail delivery, etc., and far far more people are facing starvation, injury, disease, freezing, etc., resulting in several orders of magnitude higher levels of death and destruction than could have been caused by winnie the flu.
Also, Grumble. Grin, after we stopped talking and my friend left, I tried to back up my computer and ran in to a software problem that kept me up after one in the morning! Grumble. Grin.
I do consider the mail failure as a bellwether of possible things to come: The world economy is so complex, convoluted and interconnected that, for example, a crop failure in Kansas or Illinois can affect the price or, or even the availability of, beef in Japan and/or England.
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
& the international mail could just be that nail!
So! Have a nice day! -BIG GRIN-