I'm basically an introvert. I'm an academic and an author so that's not surprising. But now that the coronavirus Covid-19 has caused California's governor to call for all citizens to go home and stay at home unless what you do in life is absolutely critical to civilized functioning....well...there was a post on Facebook yesterday that pictured a heavily tatooed, pensive man standing inside his room looking out the window. The caption read, "I've been training for this all my life." I laughed. That's me. I am not at all upset that I have been commanded to stay at home.
There was another article, in the Los Angeles Times two days ago, the heading of which read: "Day one of Shelter In Place. Piece of cake!" That also got me to chuckle. Right. Day one, piece of cake. How will it be by day 30? Or god forbid, day 40. Or longer? I suspect I the introvert will still be fine, but there are going to be extroverts who are going quietly crazy (it has a name: cabin fever). And today the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, gave one of his excellent updates, and included a few thoughts for what we, including extroverts, can do to entertain ourselves, including working on being patient and kind. He mentioned families locked-in at home with the three kids and pointed out that he lives alone, and is already cranky with his dog. A humerous touch always make the medicine go down easier.
Unlike our tragically incompetent narcissistic President, the New York governor displays what leadership at its best looks like. We are very very fortunate that over the years the government of the US has been able to self-correct and learn from mistakes. Has generally been able to draw talented and sincere people into government service....a greater number than the basically crooks. Without our professional civil servants, health care professionals, research scientists, and politicians of the quality of Cuomo and my favorite at the moment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the nation would stagger and fall. As it is, I think I agree with Cuomo who said we would make it through and would come out the stronger for it. Or as expressed by Wili E Coyote: "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." That is assuming that our incompetent authoritarian threat, Donald Trump, is not reelected. Then....all bets are off. This could be the moment he and his allies take down the Republic.
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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