How do we navigate the future? A challenging question and most of us have our own ideas. We live in the information age where a lot of good and bad data is at our fingertips, literally, at the touch of our laptop or computer. We just need to filter through it to determine what is good and what is bad.
People of different professions have different perspectives and concerns on this question too, be it psychiatrists, economists, commercial property owners, small and large business owners, landlords, and even Realtors. And let us not forget the politicians whose perspectives and agenda can largely be driven by which side of the aisle they are on.
I always try to look at things objectively and take the positive approach, no matter how difficult and complicated that might be. Let’s consider the phrase “new normal”. What exactly is “new normal”, what of it will remain in the future and what will fade away? One thing is for sure in Los Angeles – our infamous traffic is back to “old normal”.
Over the past 15 months, I was stunned to hear the frequent conflicting information being spoken or written by politicians, scientists and talking heads. I was reminded of the book 1984 by George Orwell which I read back in the early 1970’s. Over the many years since then, I lost my original copy, so I thought what better time to buy it again than during the Pandemic California shutdown. Being an independent bookstore supporter, I was delighted to pick up my new copy at our neighborhood Book Jewel. (By the way, kudos to the Book Jewel for opening an independent bookstore during the pandemic.) Needless to say, 1984 is now on my short list of re-reads.
Back to my original point of conflicting information. To clarify, this information was stated by the same politicians, not from different ones. Their messages have been mixed and convoluted at best. If I had the time and the energy, I would list most of it, but it would take hours and you’d be bored to tears. The gist is/was wearing a mask, wearing double masks, not wearing a mask, eating inside vs. eating outside, same households gathering, not gathering, singing ok, singing not ok, I could go on an on. One message remains consistent – wash your hands! (And isn’t it rather disgusting that we need to have this sign in restrooms?)
Having been bombarded with all this conflicting information and California having locked down for 15 months, these very same politicians are telling us that effective June 15th we can forgo masks, distancing, and capacity restrictions (provided you are vaccinated) because everything on that day will be fine! REALLY? We all have been scared to death. We are terrified for anyone to see us sneeze or cough for fear of alarming them - is it an allergy, a cold, or is it the dreaded Covid-19?
Most of you who read my posts consistently know that I always enjoyed fine dining and superb wines both locally in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles and in different cities, states and even countries. In fact, one of the best things for Diane and me in Las Vegas was the restaurants, not the gambling. After 15 months of lockdown, the last thing we are considering is hopping on a plane. Have we been overly frightened, brainwashed, or do we just not believe the scientists and the politicians; or are we using our own common sense and avoiding situations right now that could expose us and others to the virus? I’m not sure of the answer, but one thing is certain - no vacation is planned for us right now. We really want to wait and see how things play out.
I do not want to be a human Guinea pig either, as portrayed in the movie and book by John LeCarre, The Constant Gardner. My radar and red flag go up when politicians are offering bribes, incentives, and lottery ticket opportunities to take the vaccine. When I look closely at pictures of politicians and celebrities getting the vaccine, I am not convinced the jab really went in. Call me suspicious but all of this gives me pause. Admittedly, I have many questions and doubts, one being if the vaccine is so effective, why are those that got vaccinated so concerned being with people that have not? Aren’t they protected? And for how long are they protected? Will we need a booster? An annual vaccine? What about the potential serious side effects (I know, rare, unless you are one of the ones that develop one). And are there long-term side effects? These are just a few questions that are swirling in my head. After all, as of this writing the FDA has approved the vaccine as EUA, and the injections are “investigational products”.
In a perfect world, people will be transparent and honest; if asked by a friend or colleague about getting together, I think we should let the other know whether we have been vaccinated and respect the decision of the other person(s) in choosing to get together or not. While it may be troubling to me, I think this must be part of everyday discussion, an example of “the new normal” at least for the time being.
My way of thinking on this goes along with my always having been honest and straightforward. Anyone that knows me or has worked with me knows this; my clients’ best interests are always first and foremost, and if a client cannot accept my candor, then I am not the Realtor for them. My dad always taught me that it is easy to remember the truth, it is the lies you tend to forget. When I attended West Point Academy, the rules were the same. We even had an Honor Code, and our motto was “Duty, Honor, Country”. I have lived by this far too many decades to change now.
Given all of this, I have no immediate plans for traveling. When I am mentally and emotionally ready to do so, I plan to fly first class or business class keeping social distance from the other passengers. Thankfully, I have the financial means and the freedom to choose when I want to do something. Hopefully, these freedoms will remain in place for all of us, although freedom of speech has been eroding over the past few years.
Call me paranoid, call me overly cautious, but sadly this state of mind was created by our leaders and the world in which we live.
This post was inspired and submitted to an Active Rain Challenge sponsored by our friendsDebe Maxwell, CRS & Kathy Streib about post Pandemic Freedom.
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