How do we navigate the future? A challenging question...

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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?)

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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?

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Wishing you a safe Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath,Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

Comments (64)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

For one thing the inventive business people think we will all take one of these to navigate through a metropolitan city like you described:

Jun 17, 2021 07:16 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Big brother has been watching you for sometime.  This one was done in 2019 sometime ago.  In shared buildings mom gets a beep on their Huawei from building manager for catching their children or home owner pee inside the building.  etc.

Jun 17, 2021 07:28 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I am thankful evry day that I live where life has remained much as normal. I cannot imagine the strain it has been on people who were not allowed to see parents, grandparents, and friends. And I can't imagine putting on a mask to drive a car or go for a walk.

Living in a small mountain town isn't always convenient, but we sure have had life a lot easier than those who live in cities.

Jun 19, 2021 10:48 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I had to smile, my father always traveled first class or business class and every time I asked him the answer was like yours comfort. He did not want to be in a sardine can as he called how Diane & traveled:)Endre

Jun 19, 2021 12:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth Atalay  we are on the same page and not for the first time:)Endre

Jun 19, 2021 12:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  I figured you would love that picture of me:)))))))))Diane does too, Endre

Jun 19, 2021 12:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  the key is common sense need to be used in evaluating the information, Endre

Jun 19, 2021 12:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your comment, indeed the politicians hold power by the old tried tested system "Divide and Conquer" yes I have to keep reminding myself to tone it down and be kinder, Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  loved your 'mini post' I mean comment. Indeed you added to the  conversation. 1. Control of the people aka as 'Communism 101'  and 2. It will take time. Perfect example Diane is having friends over as we speak no mask and  hugs in the back yard... it is an improvement. Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Margaret Goss  loved your comment about needing to be on an even keel.... I am a Libra and always aiming for the balance:)Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker  always love when you add to the conversation.  Loved your perspective, on a side note I did not think the post would be Featured do to the subject nature I digressed a bit:)Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan Green  like you  I have worked from home ever since I got a fax machine.... and you know that has been a long time ago:)) Now no more fax machine but I am still working from home... on the other hand 15 months with Diane every day we both needed to make adjustments....and indeed look forward to meeting you as well. Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mike Frazier  thank you for stopping in and adding to the conversation, Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:35 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah Williams  yes we all have different levels of comfort and the key is to accept other people's comfort level instead of what many  have done....Endre

Jun 19, 2021 01:37 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Endre Barath, Jr. Just watched the Constant Gardner again  had forgotten the ending also went to a Book Fair looked for George Orwells book no luck 

Jun 19, 2021 02:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sam Shueh  Thank you for sending me the link wow everyone should watch it. It should be mandatory  for children to adults.... scary if you asked me. Thanks to you I ended up watching a couple more:)) Endre

Jun 19, 2021 03:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte Cliff  words can not describe the different world we are living in. Clearly  you are lucky and need to appreciate it, Endre

Jun 19, 2021 04:05 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for your honest opinion and also for having a non-disposable mask!  I can happily report that my two doses of the Pfizer vaccine went very smoothly and I have no complaints.  
I do miss dining out in nice restaurants though.

Jun 19, 2021 08:37 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is a strange time during the pandemic..so many people acting like everything is normal but I don't think it is..still many many people not vaxxed, won't get vaxxed, and variants rampant. Feels like an in between time but thinking positive we are really better off than last year at this time!

Jun 22, 2021 03:28 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The pandemic really impacted the mental wellbeing of many.  I feel fortunate that my children are grown.  I can't imagine being a parent of young children, trying to navigate their schooling, a job, and other responsibilities.  Now, that we are opening up, I look back at the past 15 months or so, and count my blessing that I was in the position I was.  The worst part for me, was having 3 family members contract Covid early on.  My daughter was the hardest hit, and is a long-hauler clawing her way back.

Jun 28, 2021 06:06 AM