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What’s the solution to the next pandemic?

I’ve been saying we need to work on people’s health all over the world.

Sounds simplistic? I’m already contradicting myself purposely.

Malnutrition is now higher in the obese than the underweight.

I think, hopefully like you, dear reader, that expecting to find one solution to fix everything is simplistic and a stubbornness to change.

Blaming one politician or one problem is simplistic.

Looking for one solution is simplistic.

E.g. Racism.

New Orleans has 70-80% blacks.

70-80% are obese.

Their COVID-19 death rate was 80%.

(As I recall Mayor Cantrell saying a couple of months ago. Sincere apologies if I’m wrong. It may have been 80% higher than the rest of the USA’s.)

Black and Asian populations are highly disadvantaged by:

  • Discrimination
  • Poverty
  • The cycle of poverty
  • Lack of social support
  • Lack of education funding
  • Targeted racism
  • Targeted incarceration
  • Substance abuse due to all of the above (rats in a cage vs rats in a park almost never get addictions to the drug lever).
  • Cities and transport are designed or managed in ways that are not healthy and lead to segregation.

Those are some of the causes of one aspect of the world’s problems (racism, equality) that can affect all of us.

The World Economic Forum is saying this. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Angela Merkel, China, The EU, the UN – are all saying this on ongoing individual/peak level media releases.

The UN’s Global Goals say these 17 goals will help the planet and us be healthy in 2030.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030

I follow all this ****. Hell, even much-attacked Australian PM Scott Morrison is almost saying this.

The doom that’s coming is our individual doom, our deaths, but the world is getting better, even as we slowly each die. It has done so for us since before Lucy.

I repeat. The world is getting better.

Bill Gates endorsed that idea even after he predicted the pandemic.


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Protests are “meeting physical force with soul force”

In front of a crowd of 250,000 people on August 28, 1963, one of the many profound things Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said was:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream speech. (Google Docs link opens in new window.)

I am with those of are in fear of violence and persecution.

I listened to numerous speeches today as part of Spotify’s featured recent George Floyd death protests playlists.

… this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one.

Barack ObamaRace Speech, March 18, 2008, The National Consitution Center. (Link opens in new window.)

Why do I dare comment, you might ask? People laughed at me for optimism yesterday.  Being online is scary. Putting one’s ideas and beliefs online to be scrutinised or ignored.

People act mean and/or irrationally when they are in fear, and don’t realise they do it to others.

Like hungry wolfdogs, we get defensive and might attack, verbally or defensively.  This is magnified terribly in physical spaces.

In my optimistic opinion, the protests will die down as the fears lessen due to people removing themselves from the streets due to physical daily necessities. Food, supplies, sleep, administrative duties.

Lawmakers and other caring people will make decisions that make changes.  The struggle moves on, metamorphosing.

Changes are inflationary – they’re snowballing, thanks to our increasingly connected world. Individual skirmishes are shamed globally.

When will the shameful laws of preventing free immigration of people due to nationality, race, or culture end?

We all want to show we care. We care.

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