Confronting Crisis

There is a misconception that the written Chinese symbols for crisis include the symbols of danger and opportunity. Interpretation is skewed by cultural and emotional aspects that language and symbols cannot convey. The combination of symbols is thought to convey danger at a point where things change.

In crisis are many dangers including fear and panic. There is also opportunity to strengthen community, connect with others and create a foundation of humanity. Contract within or support without.

Confronting crisis offers choice.

 

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  • david
    david ward
    right on, rob. all the best to you and yours.

    right on, rob. all the best to you and yours.

  • Krys
    Krys St Marys
    It is a strange environment for sure. On one level I am joking (very black humour) about all the people we can expect to lose. On another I am looking at that possibility for myself out of the corner of my eye and seeing my greatest fear (being left behind) looming. I have been so lucky to have been with most of my nearest and dearest recently thanks to significant birthday celebrations. Now I just have to think about what else I need to say or hear in case that opportunity should be terminated. So long as the internet is in place that is possible in a way it never was before. And I am fortunate to live with someone only too happy to have to self-quarantine lol And if it really gets as bad as we fear, and many systems fail, we have a community ready to pool resources (so starvation rations should be varied at least lol and we will never be out of wine - coffee on the other hand...) A good year for community gardens! And maybe finally more men will learn to wash their hands! And bring on the Wuhan shake!

    It is a strange environment for sure. On one level I am joking (very black humour) about all the people we can expect to lose. On another I am looking at that possibility for myself out of the corner of my eye and seeing my greatest fear (being left behind) looming. I have been so lucky to have been with most of my nearest and dearest recently thanks to significant birthday celebrations. Now I just have to think about what else I need to say or hear in case that opportunity should be terminated. So long as the internet is in place that is possible in a way it never was before. And I am fortunate to live with someone only too happy to have to self-quarantine lol
    And if it really gets as bad as we fear, and many systems fail, we have a community ready to pool resources (so starvation rations should be varied at least lol and we will never be out of wine - coffee on the other hand...) A good year for community gardens!
    And maybe finally more men will learn to wash their hands!
    And bring on the Wuhan shake!

  • Rob
    Rob Waterloo
    Thanks for the comments. There will no doubt be much suffering as a result of the current situation with COVID-19 but it will also provide us with a much needed opportunity to focus on the essentials of our existence.

    Thanks for the comments. There will no doubt be much suffering as a result of the current situation with COVID-19 but it will also provide us with a much needed opportunity to focus on the essentials of our existence.

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