In every psychosocial trauma experienced in a relationship there is always a catalyst or trigger that begins a chain reaction of unfolding events that snowballs into hyperarousal and a three-ring circus of shame and blame, where trauma becomes drama.
Who, who …who let the dogs out?
Did Dorothy herself let her dog out, who then allegedly bit Elvira Gulch? Did Auntie Emme, or Uncle Henry let Toto out while going out to get the mail? Was it one of the farmhands who neglected to close the gate? It is obvious that the inerrant innocent act created a cascade of life changing events for Dorothy and her family when Toto was loosed.
Who let Corona out of its cage? Did he escape or was he let loose? Color me confused. I believe in wearing masks, I also believe in herd immunity. I believe in vaccinations, but also starting to lose confidence in their efficacy and safety. I believe in opening the beaches, the forests, parks, golf courses, but not large gatherings inside buildings. I believe in freedom but also protective marshal law if necessary, to contain a pandemic. I believe in generating and reading data and believe in a whistle blower’s dispute of that data also being valid. I believe in health professionals that I know that are standing on street corners saying to wear masks, I also believe in health professionals who say it may be over kill.
I believe in washing hands a lot; I do not believe in overuse of disinfectants that is killing our other natural immunities countless times a day. I believe in freedom of speech but not carrying weapons to a protest. I believe in the American flag, but not next to a swastika. I believe in intelligent unified compromise, but not derision and entitled violence. I believe in natural phylogenetic adaptation; I also believe that viral DNA manipulation happens. I believe humans are inherently good, I also believe humans make mistakes. I do not believe money is the root of all evil but do believe that greed is.
We as a human species share a common genetic inheritance that yearns for warm attachment. Our whole nervous system, the limbic system e.g. is always looking for connection; much as a dog does with its nose lifted to the wind.
Between everyone us on this planet there is this invisible synapse between the dyadic relationships that we carry with every human being that we encounter. From the moment we are born, we are given a template for relationship for our survival. We crave human touch and face to face contact from inception; it is fundamental to our DNA; it is in our nature. There is so much communication that occurs below our conscious awareness, and it is this perception that for the most part is invisible to us all. It is this universal synapse that brings families, communities, fraternities, tribes and best friends together.
We already have primitive epigenetic coding in our brains to self-isolate to protect “our tribe” from animals, weather and marauders. From the Neanderthal guarding his cave, to early American settlers holed up in a mountain cabin for the winter, to a COVID-19 grandmother holed up in a senior care facility for months on end. We have the genetic predisposition to handle isolation for periods of time, but an extended amount of time without human interaction we can indeed get cabin fever or stir crazy. In simpler terms we get extremely restless in isolation which leads to anxiety and if left unabated it may lead to trauma, and even psychosis. The limbic system in hyperarousal may go into forays of violence and anger, or conversely a hypo-arousal response into a limbic system freeze; an autonomic shut down with apathy, numbness and depression.
What is obvious is that we are all hard wired with genetic tools of adaptation to survive under a plethora of assaults to our mind, body, soul and spirit. We are built to survive, and we shall survive if we do not fuck it up with arrogance, self-entitlement, ignorance and greed.
I believe in the capacity of the human body to defend itself if given the right tools and resources to boost its own innate immunological response.
I believe in the capacity of the human mind to research, investigate, experiment, learn and create.
I believe in the capacity of the human soul to think out the box and to make intelligent decisions for the good of the whole.
I believe in the capacity of the human spirit to attempt to conquer any obstacle in its path.
I believe in God that provides us with all the necessary tools for survival, procreation and joy.
So, who let Toto out? Who put the whole world into chaos?
Let us not consume our energies with conjecture, conspiracy, violence and lies to who let the virus out. The horse is out of the frigging barn. Let us combine our efforts and intellect to contain the ramifications this virus has unleashed upon the world.
I believe in the human spirit of the American people to come together beyond party lines to make America safe again.
What I do not believe is any statement from any politician from any party, or any representative of any pharmaceutical company.
Toto got out; this is not Kansas; we cannot pretend it is. We either comply with efforts to resist the spread and do our part to cooperate; we collaborate with naysayers that may encourage the spread, or do we join the resistance for truth, tolerance and a cure.
Follow you heart; be kind; take one day at a time.
I continue to believe in America body, mind, soul, and spirit.
“There’s no place like home”.