I returned from San Diego on March 16th after visiting with my daughter’s family. Of course, I have not seen my grandkids since that time. We Facetime, which is great, but certainly, it is not the same thing, as seeing them in person. The definition of monotony is, lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine. The sentence they used as an example was, “you can become resigned to the monotony of captivity”. I am sure many people are feeling like captives, during this current pandemic. We are heading into the sixth month of the Covid 19 crisis. What is worse, is there seems to be no end in sight. For whatever reason, people just do not seem to see the seriousness of the situation. You can blame the President on all his misinformation that has come out of his press conferences, but don’t people have some sort of basic intelligence to see the gravity of situation, apparently not. Let’s break down the bare facts of our captivity and see if there is anything we can do about it, but I would not be optimistic.
First, we are being held captive by a corona virus, plain and simple. This is not the flu. The corona virus has been around for a long time, in different forms and is found in almost any animal. There is a corona virus unique to cats, that causes a disease, Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Many characteristics of this disease are similar to Covid 19. When cats acquire this virus, most cats have fairly mild symptoms of diarrhea, or no symptoms at all. However, 5 to 10% of cats infected will develop a disease, that attacks multiple organ systems, and results in the cats dying. They die, because their immune system over reacts to the virus, which causes an extreme inflammatory reaction, that destroys the organs. Does that sound a little familiar of what’s going on when people die of Covid 19? Corona viruses have this ability to mutate into something much more serious, in any species. Google Feline Infectious Peritonitis if you want to learn more. The whole point of this, is to emphasize the importance of trying to stop the current virus, not matter what the cost, so it does not have a chance to mutate into something even more serious. If we are going to escape from this prison, we are going to need to step back and relock up, until the cases start to significantly drop. Unfortunately we are not going to do that, at this point. We are going to have to learn how to cope with monotony, because for now there does not seem to an end in sight.
How do we do this? There is no secret here. You will have to emphasize all the things that make life work, except more so. Count your blessing, and appreciate every good thing in your life. Especially appreciate your good health. If health is an issue in your life, at this moment, then now is the time to start getting better. Find joy in the little things in life. Enjoying another persons companionship, good food, a nice walk, and a warm and sunny day are ways to make monotony tolerable. Continue to look inside and dig deeper during meditation and times of quiet. Realized that some day this will all come to an end. It may not come as quickly as it should, but it will end. Meanwhile continue to hunker down, pray that all your loved ones, and everybody can stay safe, until common sense prevails. Then, we will start to do the things that will free us from the confinements of the corona virus.