How much Netflix is too much? Should everyone watch the Tiger King? Could we, back in the day, have survived a quarantine like this without modern day technology?
These are questions I’ve recently asked myself. It amazes me so many people are faced with the same problems right now. In the past, even the worst crisis could only affect a limited part of society. Today, nearly everyone has something in common.
That could be good, right?
Maybe there are places in the world where life just goes on without much change. I’m thinking of India. From the news articles I’ve seen, they have shut down, but people are crammed together and really don’t have much choice one way or another.
Right here in North America, self-quarantine is miraculously easy compared to how it might’ve been twenty or fifty or a hundred years ago. I’m not trying to minimize this ordeal. It’s been a major change in our household. For the record, that’s six Moons in one house. I still have to work because I’m an essential employee, so it’s less monotonous for me. (I’m looking at the bright side here.)
I learned at a very early age that I hate to be bored and thus adopted a lifelong habit of daydreaming and other imaginary exploits. So except for the unavoidable dread from watching the economy grind to a halt, and the empty streets, and the ridiculous political wrangling on Facebook, I’m doing pretty good.
That brings me back to the question. How much Netflix is too much? Everyone has their own answer. I don’t watch as much as I’d like to, but that’s my choice. I have a lot of hobbies and work activities that are time consuming. I love reading books, watching television, and going to movies—experiencing any story that is well told.
As for the Tiger King, who knows. I hear people talk about it and I’ve seen the memes all over social media. It sounds like an average day at work. Sadly, I see this kind of behavior pretty much every day. Even with tigers. (Yes, tigers. I took a curfew violator to juvenile detention and her biggest concern was that her dad, who own tigers, would be mad at her. I’ve known for a long time there are far more tigers in North America than most people would guess.)
I think we’ll come through the stay at home orders and the quarantines and emerge a somewhat changed but hopefully improved society. The economy is taking a hit, but it always comes back. Harder to retrieve are loved ones who are permanently damaged by sickness or pass away.
I’m playing it safe, doing my part, and hoping that by strictly observing the rules of social distancing we can get this over with sooner rather than later.
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