It is perfectly understandable feeling a range of negative emotions such as fear and anger because we are again in Level 4 lockdown and I certainly do right now. Everybody deals with the situation and circumstances differently and it is ok to let off steam.
The Standard is a forum that can help with this, with dealing with emotions and filling gaps in our information, knowledge, and understanding; the situation changes rapidly, especially at the beginning of the present lockdown with so much uncertainty. We can help each other here and foster online connection and cohesion.
Fear and loathing often go together. Lashing out, blaming and demonising are not inclusive behaviours and tend to unravel the fabric of our society and spoil good relationships, sometimes for a long time. They also do not change anything, least of all the past. Although we can learn from experiences and adjust future actions and behaviours, we rarely seem to do so; we are often and mostly in ‘auto pilot’ and simply react rather than reflect.
Indeed, many thought that opening the bubble with Australia was too soon. Many thought that the Olympic Games should have been cancelled. In other words, the current lockdown was unnecessary and ‘entirely’ (!) preventable if only we had done or not done certain things. There are many opinions and views, some perhaps more valid than others, and we are all entitled to our opinions. We are also free to express them. How we express them is up to us; we are free saying what we want and how we want. Opinions are to be shared and heard because they tell us something about ourselves. However, we are so much more than our opinions and who we are does not depend solely on our views nor do they define us; we can change views without losing face.
Please keep this in mind when you post your rants & reckons here on The Standard.