Quarantine diaries-Day 14

Day 14
After two weeks in quarantine and reading, writing, talking, making food, cleaning, walking the dog, etc… one can see an emerging pattern of human behavior and somehow project what the future is bringing.
In two weeks, we did not get wiser.
The first week passed without majority of us to realize what is going on and with minority pressing for stricter measures of social isolation. The atmosphere could be smoother, but from the beginning, fear was introduced, and stress was high!

The second week passed, leaving the scars in the souls of many of us due to the increased stress produced by TV channels and other means of public communication. Everything you touched had a warning about the epidemic and produced unnecessary anxiety and fear in the brains of many people. Instead of calm information about the state of infection, there was so much information about how many people were reported by the police and about minority breaking the measures of social isolation. The time given by news channels to the minority was very suspicious to many of us.
It looked to me that there is a need for many Lifeguards.
The first thing lifeguard has to do is to neutralize, to save other people from fear!
With fear governing the behavior, most people forget that they know how to swim! They became sarcastic, badly judging all the others who do not share the same thoughts and fears developing into the real danger to the lifeguards.
We were witnesses that people were reporting other people to the police, like in the years of authoritarian regimes. Instead of showing compassion trying to calm the others, some managed to show another part of the personality, which is not at all a compliment towards homo sapiens.
It looks like that years, decades, centuries passed in vain with human behavior to stay the same even with all this evolving of technology.
The situation we are in now will pass, but our behavior will stay to warn other people about the trust they should or should not have towards those who, instead of humanity, put fear on the throne.
No fear!
Instead of fear, listen to jokes! Laugh! Listen to other people’s opinions as much of the information is just starting to see daylight!
Be observant as Bob Dylan said!
Be observant without fear, I would add!

Times that are in front of us will be more difficult.
There are people in this world who are unfortunately extremely evil.

But we have an opportunity to show to each and every one of us that TOGETHER, TOGETHER only we can overcome all the evil and make the world a better place, starting from our own house.
Man free of fear can do miracles!
We will need miracles!
And guidance!
What better guide to get, then from the people who had an idea and struggled for a better world. Who loved unconditionally and who was not afraid to die for their beliefs.
I will give you a pleasure to read, and please do, the poem of Romanian hero Mihai Eminescu called


“Time goes by, time comes along,
All is old and all is new;
What is right and what is wrong,
You must think and ask of you;
Have no hope and have no fear,
Waves that rise can never hold;
If they urge or if they cheer,
You remain aloof and cold.

To our sight a lot will glisten,
Many sounds will reach our ear;
Who could take the time to listen
And remember all we hear?
Keep aside from all that patter,
Seek yourself, far from the throng
When with loud and idle clatter
Time goes by, time comes along.

Nor forget the tongue of reason
Or its even scales depress
When the moment, changing season,
Wears the mask of happiness –
It is born of reason’s slumber
And may last a wink as true:
For the one who knows its number
All is old and all is new.

Be as to a play, spectator,
As the world unfolds before:
You will know the heart of matter
Should they act two parts or four;
When they cry or tear asunder
From your seat enjoy along
And you’ll learn from art to wonder
What is right and what is wrong.

Past and future, ever blending,
Are the twin sides of same page:
New start will begin with ending
When you know to learn from age;
All that was or be tomorrow
We have in the present, too;
But what’s vain and futile sorrow
You must think and ask of you;

For the living cannot sever
From the means we’ve always had:
Now, as years ago, and ever,
Men are happy or are sad:
Other masks, same play repeated;
Diff’rent tongues, same words to hear;
Of your dreams so often cheated,
Have no hope and have no fear.

Hope not when the villains cluster
By success and glory drawn:
Fools with perfect lack of luster
Will outshine Hyperion!
Fear it not, they’ll push each other
To reach higher in the fold,
Do not side with them as brother,
Waves that rise can never hold.

Sounds of siren songs call steady
Toward golden nets, astray;
Life attracts you into eddies
To change actors in the play;
Steal aside from crowd and bustle,
Do not look, seem not to hear
From your path, away from hustle,
If they urge or if they cheer;

If they reach for you, go faster,
Hold your tongue when slanders yell;
Your advice they cannot master,
Don’t you know their measure well?
Let them talk and let them chatter,
Let all go past, young and old;
Unattached to man or matter,
You remain aloof and cold.

You remain aloof and cold
If they urge or if they cheer;
Waves that rise can never hold,
Have no hope and have no fear;
You must think and ask of you
What is right and what is wrong;
All is old and all is new,
Time goes by, time comes along.”

Mihai Eminescu (1883)

We will prevail!


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