How COVID Might Transform Our World – A Historical Perspective – Dr. Alan Glazier

Thank you to Andre Biscoe for the beautiful photo of Georgetown!

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying a lot of quality time at home with your family or alone with yourself. I believe that COVID-19 is an act of GOD to teach us another lesson and awaken us to surrender and let go of control and our attachments to the material world, to face our own inner darkness and fears, test our patience, our truths, our faith in Him, and our love for humanity and also for his beautiful Earth and its natural existence. Have you noticed the past month or so that the flowers and leaves are so rich in colors, the water and sky so blue and clear, and the sun so happy shining upon you? Even on rainy days, I think the rain sounds like it is singing outside of my windows instead of crying. We have been so greedy in the material world that we have disrespected the natural world of the Universe in which God had created for us all to share and to enjoy in peace and harmony. Well, enough about my thoughts, I will share more on a later post. In the meantime, below is an article written by one of my very fun and fearless masculine titan clients, Dr. Alan Glazier that I thought you might enjoy reading from a historical perspective.

Just over 100 years ago we dealt with the first major pandemic of the post-industrialized world, the 1918 influenza pandemic. This pandemic claimed 50 million lives or 2.5% of the world’s population at the time. The flu came in three waves, the first being relatively mild, then approximately 5 months later a second wave that was more lethal and a third and final wave in early 1919 that was intermediate in severity between the two. It was the worst pandemic since the black death, approximately 500 years earlier. Studying past pandemics and extrapolating social and economic changes that occurred post-pandemic offer some window into what our post COVID world might look like, for better or worse. Fortunately, there were many positive changes to society that came out of an even worse pandemic.

Thank you Mary Chrystalene for the beautiful photo from your bike ride!

From a health care standpoint, countries came out of the 1918 pandemic with recognition of the increased importance of the need to coordinate health care internationally. There were several international organizations founded to combat a future global threat including the now-defunct League of Nations which partially morphed into today’s World Health Organization (WHO). (1)  The 1920s witnessed a rebirth of interest in socialized medicine in many countries, but the US leaned towards instituting employer-based insurance plans. Although different countries took different directions, all nations took steps to consolidate and expand access to healthcare in post flu years. We are facing the reality of a fragmented health care system with a large, aging population and the likelihood of future pandemics we aren’t prepared for. It’s likely that the healthcare debate will be even more front-and-center than it has in the past and is likely to impact the upcoming election more than it may in a pre-COVID world.

Love my neighbor’s front yard on North 22nd Street.

Economically things fared somewhat better. Most of the economic effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic were short-term. Businesses in the service and entertainment industries suffered the greatest losses, but businesses that specialized in health care products experienced a net increase in revenues subsequent to the period of downturn. This bodes well for the eye care industry. Cities and states that experienced greater mortality rates experienced a greater increase in wage growth; states with larger mortality rates resulted in increasingly higher rates of growth in per capita income after the pandemic

Environmentally we already see some “clouds lifting” (pun intended) that hopefully will result in more permanent and positive medium-to-long-term changes. In Beijing and LA smog has lifted and air quality across the US has improved dramatically. Locals in Venice have noticed how clear the water appears perhaps due to the lack of motorboats and general crowds and pollution. These clearer waters have even led to wildlife appearing in the canals with swans, fish and more spotted in recent days. (2)

Beautiful photo of Lancaster, California from my beautiful niece Bella.

Socially, the recentering of family life seems to be occurring; general social trends such as people reconnecting with loved ones for an extended period of time for the first time in a long time. Citizens are coming together at their own risk to help the sick regardless of race or political party. Crime rates are down and looting, predicted to be a big issue hasn’t been a problem as of the time this article was published. When this is all over it is likely many people will have renewed appreciation for social contact. Business owners whose business survives will be better prepared to survive future crises and employees and business owners will have a newfound appreciation for each other.

From a medical and scientific angle, society is learning about the value of social distancing as a method of avoiding disease. It is possible that in hindsight this pandemic was a shot across the bow that saves us from an even worse pandemic, maybe even saves our society at some point. Social distancing was something most of society paid little attention to in terms of importance during previous epidemics and pandemics. The world-wide emphasis on the importance of social distancing is a lesson that’s likely to stick with our society, helping us to better survive pandemics in the future when they occur. The intense drive to find a cure will not only lead to a deeper understanding of virology of influenza viruses and the database of knowledge gleaned from these efforts will undoubtedly lead to new, improved therapies and advances in public health and biotechnology. People will be more aware of the importance of handwashing and other hygienic advice and incorporate them into their daily lives, increasing the general health of the population subsequent to this pandemic.

If past pandemics are any lesson, we can look forward to benefitting from what now are painful lessons for our society and take steps to mitigate damage from future pandemics. In the meantime, there are signs that while painful, there is hope that good things will come out of these trying and difficult times.

Photo by moi of Historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Unblock Your Throat Chakra with Blue!

I love plants and flowers! This is my favorite season for gardening!

In the world of Buddhism, the color blue is the color of purity, tranquility, and of healing the soul. In the history of the United States of America, blue stands for perseverance, vigilance, and justice.  And in my world of love and light, blue represents heaven, truth, honor, freedom, intelligence, kindness, trust, loyalty, and the Mediterranean Sea!

Let’s honor and send gratitude prayers to those who died while serving our country.

On the spiritual level, blue is the color of the Throat Chakra, our communication center. When you can communicate your truth freely and clearly with ease, you will become your most authentic self, the self that you were meant to be. How often do you take the time to listen to your higher self and speak honestly and openly without fear? Do you often express what needs to be expressed and say what needs to be said? If your answers are no, then it means that your Throat Chakra may need some healing and balancing. That is simple and easy to do! Why not start with baby steps by wearing blue? It is my favorite color other than pink.

I love to recharge by the water in silence and under the clear blue sky.

Happy Memorial Weekend! I hope you are enjoying the start of Summer. The photos are compliments of Charles Martin Photography in my favorite blue dresses from our goddess collection at the sanctuary. I hope it inspires you to add more blue in your wardrobe if you are not already doing so. Until next time!

~tu-anh love

Animals, of course are one of the best form of therapy!