Groundhog day life: it is worth a thought that there are people who live Groundhog day because they were born with a disability, have sustained a long term brain injury, those who have lived their lives and are now elderly, and there many exemplary situations which can help people to change their behaviours to live as we must with the virus COVID-19 until a vaccine is available and that could be in 2021, 2022; the real truth is that we must realise that there may be no vaccine. I live Groundhog Day – abiding by a rigid routine because cognitive impairment means that memories formed enter oblivion but I learned to cope through routine and using the benefits of a technology.
The Pandemic has caused a an acceleration and change is thrust upon us and the challenge is to engage. Part of my rehabilitation over the last 30 years has been caterpulted to near “normal” because of these advances in technology hence I can write on WordPress, publish a book on Amazon and everyday I use Twitter to re-engage from an empty brain to hook up with society. Some people use Twitter daily to upload famous paintings; other’s historical events; others are politics fanatics; others just chit chat. We will ignore those who are trolls. I use “Twitter to augment my memory” as do others who have sustained a brain injury or stroke. Everyday I seek out a quote that may be appropriate to news on that day. I then look for quotations that may be relevant and I send them at random to people I think may be interested in them.
I was talking to two interesting people who lived in South Korea and we discussed the differences in culture. Breaking rules is part of our culture in Ireland having been subjugated to colonial rule for over 700 years, hence there are sound historic reasons for this. China differs. we talk about Autocracy of the ruling elite but in reality it is more to do with the word “Altruism” and the ordinary majority of people; Confucius thinking prevails and the Chinese people tend to and aspire to take account of others so that when it was understood that the masks would benefit other people; they adapted promptly and masks were worn; they were a priority because by wearing a mask you ensure the virus will not pass to other people who are in your company.
I plan to write a short essay most days during the lockdown. This essay will start with my quote for today 23rd October 2020 – Day 2 of the Lockdown
Presently writing the essay:
Autumnal & beautiful. Not a reprimand but a suggestion. Leeson Street D2 pupils gathered in huddles unaware of realities of COVID-19; “Tell people – and they may forget… show them – they may remember… but involve them and they will understand.” Confucius
Outline for Essay
Tell people – and they may forget
Show them – they may remember
BUT involve them and they will understand
Confucius 551-479 BC
Confucius “Master Kǒng”; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. Confucius founded the Confucian school of thinking, or Confucianism. It emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. While Confucians emphasize personal cultivation of character, they give priority not to the individual but to the family, community, and the world. The Confucian approach to learning and education, which emphasizes humanity and service to others, is of significant value to the modern world.
Confucius valued learning and devoted his whole life to education. Speaking of himself, Confucius said, “I have never grown tired of learning, nor wearied in teaching others”……Students are expected to extend and apply their knowledge and virtue to others and to the world. The emphasis of Confucian learning is on the search for personal strength and the commitment to social responsibility. Confucius believed in the equality and educability of all people. He viewed education as a means of transformation, the discovery of human nature, and the cultivation of character.
Culture and behaviour.
Physicians/Doctors who commit suicide: To mother, a nurse and her little 7 month old baby who died today. We must learn to understand people; not to stigmatise them or shame them. https://www.ted.com/talks/dominic_king_physician_suicide_what_medical_students_need_to_know/up-next
Book: “Fortune Favours the Brave”
by Michelle Marcella Clarke