While some states have started loosening restrictions surrounding businesses and recreation, we in the Bay Area will definitely be on lockdown until the end of May. We were also the first to have a shelter-in-place mandate, on March 17.

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that the strictures on everyday life are tiresome, that the economic consequences are grim, that it has been a very hard 7 weeks. But I understand that a few more weeks of personal sacrifice may put our city in a better place for a long-term recovery.

Apparently the Bay Area is an outlier in that sense; a recent poll showed 68% of Bay Area residents are more concerned shelter-in-place will end too soon, compared to 20% who worry it will last too long. National figures swing more the other way. And it’s been posited, by political science professor Eric Schickler, that this is because “Bay Area residents tend to trust scientists and health officials more than in many parts of the country, and so they were receptive to the clear message they received early on.”

This blog is apolitical by design – there are many other forums for that, and I have absolutely no interest in starting a partisan melée. But I suddenly realized that, in the current climate of this country, when you say that you trust scientist and health officials, you are making a political statement.

For those of you readers who don’t live in the States, trust me that Americans in aggregate are more about id than ego. But one would hope that some sort of reason would prevail – “people who have studied public health and epidemiology, and specialists in scientific fields know more that I do about…well, safety, health and epidemics.” Not the case.

It’s frustrating to be stuck in my apartment, unable to work or travel, worried about my livelihood and my future. But it’s also frustrating to know that while I’m willing to do what scientists and health officials think will be the best course of action for a sustainable recovery, many would rather follow a path that seems both easier and advantageous in the very short term.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, just to say that I put a great deal of effort in trying to understand the perspective of others, and respect the fact that everyone chooses their own way in life. It’s just that these days, those personal choices have a much more acute and potentially fatal effect on others.

Compassion has been difficult for me this last week.

Do you find yourself getting caught up in disagreements during times of stress?

My task: guys. GUYS. Couldn’t do it again. When will I start writing before 6 pm? Sigh. However, I had wanted to be in touch with one of my old friends today, and at least that is (done!)

4 thoughts on “Frustrations

  1. “Do you find yourself getting caught up in disagreements during times of stress?”
    Yes I do. Probably as everyone else. I’m just guessing. I would even dare to say that everybody is experiencing this tragedy on her/his own level of stress. It’s human and it is healthy for our peace of mind to at least try to evacuate this stress. Nobody should feel ashamed about that. This week in Canada our politicians are recognizing publicly that covid-19 has an impact of the mental health of people (including people who never experienced this health issue before). They are spending 4 billions to finance this crisis as well (mental health line, psychologist,…). I’m not always agree with what our politicians say here in Canada and Québec but I do respect and follow the directives. I also try to not make any political comments about Canada, USA, China,… I’m even not always agree with some of my bosses and colleagues even if we are united in our fight against this corona virus.
    Compassion is not always easy to apply in this time of trouble or stress but recognizing it put us into a salvation introspection. The outcome is positive for certain.
    Disagreements even bring some frustrations sometimes although I repeat to myself that I must remain resilient.
    Thanks again Maestra for these important issues you bring forward.
    I still didn’t get why you want to write before 6pm. I have to add 3 hours here but it is just fine. I’m probably not getting the whole picture.
    NOTE: Sarah. I was thinking again about the musicians and the 6 feet distance between each of them. I was trying to figure out you and your musicians. What if some musicians would be elevated so the configuration (setting) would respect the 6 ft. I was seeing a musician on a kind of staircase (it’s only to figure out my point of view) and sitting comfortably on a chair at about 4-6 feet of height. It could be designed by an architect and sound engineers (or other specialists) would need to be involved. It would also be important for the audience to see this ensemble visually beautiful. By doing so you won’t have to enlarge the space on the set. Put a patent pending on it. I’m just kidding but I’m serious about my suggestion even if it might sound silly or bizarre. It might even brings up other ideas. It could be a start for something completely different. It’s the positive result who counts at the end. -30-


  2. Graeme says:

    Greetings all,
    I’m more impressed SH can think of interesting things to write every day rather than starting before 6pm!!
    Hi from across the water (Syd, Aust). Our frustrations are easing substantially. Been very lucky ‘Down Under’ with the pandemic but some good management as well.
    More unified down here, for duration of the pandemic our Prime Minister has set up a Federal Cabinet which includes PM (representing Fed Govt) and each of the state premiers (Governors) and territory chief ministers. Always niggles here and there, and difference of viewpoint but all in all working fairly well. Biggest, ongoing bone of contention between the Feds and States is how/when back-to-school happens (ultimately the call of the states).
    Anyhow we are slowly recommencing normal-ish life. Few weeks back the ability for two adults (and dependant children) allowed to visit another family.
    We now have more relaxations coming with restaurants et al opening but with certain conditions. We can also let 5 adults (with dependant children) visit another family.
    SO frustrations are reducing but I must say that as a whole, the Aus public have been very good.
    We expect a spike in the curve of course but hopefully very short lived. If not roll back will occur.
    Anyhow just thought I’d add how frustrations are on the decline ‘Down Under’.
    Take care folks, your time will come in the Golden State.


  3. Graeme says:

    For anyone who may be interested, the following link takes you to the chart of the Fed Govts
    ‘3 step framework for a covidsafe Australia’. Released by PM today (8th May) …..


    The various States and Territories adopt as they see fir or not. Ultimately decision is of the States/Territories


    1. chefdorch says:

      So interesting to see how other countries are navigating this pandemic, although it seems that in many the decisions are still being made by State governments.


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