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Do we have it that bad, today?



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It’s a mess out there right now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. It is not a bad idea to look at the situation from a different perspective, for instance, imagine you were born in 1900. Yes, nobody is around now from that era.


On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perished in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.


On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.


When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perished in the war.


Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40s, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.


At 50, the Korean War starts. five million perish. From your birth, until you are 55, you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.


At 55, the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. Four million people perished in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday, you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.


Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid, in 1985, and didn’t think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let’s try and keep things in perspective.


Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above. Today, you are called to stay home and sit on your couch! In the UK, millions of working people were put on furlough receiving 80% of their pay, self employed receive up to £2500 of their lost income, vulnerable are being shielded with food supplies delivered! All these measures designed to stave off mass redundancies and widespread unemployment have brought the UK economy to the brink of a financial crisis never seen before. Yet, the riffraff do not take government advice, on social distancing, continue to organise illegal street parties, getting drunk ready to attack the Police when they try to maintain law and order! Ironically, these idiots are the very people who blame the government, the NHS and emergency services when coronavirus-related deaths get worse!


SUNIL DHARMABANDHU


UK


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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