They Tell Two Friends, or is it Three? Patient Zero

Patient 0 How did this mess Start?

Using the tools at their disposal, Facebook has blocked and, in some cases, suspended the accounts of people who post things about the virus gripping the world.

I would suppose they don’t have the workforce to separate fact from fiction so better just to stop it all, keeping disinformation campaigns from spreading much like the virus itself.

Why; look at the store shelves.

Humans, like it or not, are not that far removed from our four-legged friends, and we can be manipulated to ‘stampede.’ Emotions and yes, fear is one of those emotions, and is a hell of a motivator!

Think not?

In the London bombing of a music concert, it was not the explosion so much as the trampling of others that did much of the damage.  That is why it is illegal to yell ‘FIRE’ in an auditorium.  People will react en masse as part of the fight or flight instinct.  Buying skid loads of toilette paper and hand sanitizer is just one example of how we can be herded.

This is a time for calm, rational thought and clear-headed approaches to daily life.  This is a time to rise above your ‘programming’ and think.

I would like to explain to you why it is essential to self-isolate yourselves.

I titled this piece ‘they tell two friends’ because you all have seen the commercial for a shampoo that by now is somewhat dated, but still an accurate metaphor for this virus.

Since we know that you can have the virus and not be aware of it makes this virus particularly dangerous.  Contracting it, you can go days before you are mindful that something is amiss.  By the time you decide to see your doctor or begin to suspect something is not right; how many have you infected?

Yes, you can be asymptomatic and still very contagious.

In medical parlance, it is referred to in this manner.

Scientists believe that each infected person will give or spread the contagion to three (3) people.  It is called R(0) or R naught.  That number is different for each disease in that it is the contagion efficacy or spreadability factor.

Covid 19 has a value of 3.  Other diseases have different values.

If you are number one, follow the steps.

  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 9
  4. 27
  5. 81
  6. 243
  7. 729
  8. 2,187
  9. 6,561
  10. 19,683
  11. 59,046
  12. 177,147
  13. 531,441
  14. 1,594,323
  15. 4,782,969
  16. 14,348,907

As you can see, in just 15 short steps we are now at over 14 million people from just one carrier.

Why does it have this number?

This mutation of the coronavirus has an RNA strand that we have not seen before.  There are no defense mechanisms against it, other than your immune system.

In ‘nature’s’ world those creatures with compromised immune systems and by that it could simply be age, contract viruses like this, and die off.  Darwin knew a thing or two, whether you like it or not.

By the aged population dying off, they either assured enough food for the rest or became food for others.  In the world of nature, everything is recycled.  In animal pacts, the old or diseased were shunned by the herd.

Through medical advances, the average life expectancy of ‘mankind’ has gone from the mid 30’s to about twice that. That is all fine and dandy until we are faced with something that we don’t have a medical ‘fix’ for.

Doing your part to lower that R number is imperative to give our health professionals time to treat the infected and to develop methods for managing them.  Drowning in your phlegm is not a pretty way to go.  Early reports were that young people without underlying health conditions were pretty much immune.  Not so fast, we are seeing younger people in their thirties in critical condition.  Nobody is safe.

Italy is currently faced with the reality of only assisting those that have a good chance of pulling through while leaving those that won’t to drown in mucus.  I am certain Italy was not the first and will not be the last to make these gut-wrenching decisions.   If you have ever fished and watched a fish gasping for breath on the bank of the river, imagine that fish as a human.  Not a pretty sight.

Do your part.  Wash your hands, stay away from crowds, and resist the false narratives by the media who are using this as a political cudgel. They are shameless, pathetic weasels using fear to manipulate the mob.  Someone is pulling their strings. Someone with deep pockets is using this as a mechanism to effect change for some grand plan.

This is a time for calm, kindness, and grace.  Do what you can for those that cannot, and use common sense when you are out and about.  We are not animals.  We care for our own, and that means our parents or grandparents.

We will get through this and be the better for it.  The lessons we are learning today are eye-openers as to why we should not develop biological weapons.  Viruses know no boundaries when it comes to who they infect.  Race or other identity politically charged assaults don’t exist.  They are equal opportunity messengers of death and destruction, much like the atomic bomb.   The main difference is with biological weapons; it only takes one improperly placed safety device or one failure of a positive air pressure suit to release the genii.  The virus infects a worker, he or she leaves for the day, and you have patient ZERO.

With tens of thousands traversing the globe daily, the carriers are there.  The microscopic life forms that we carry with us (pathogens) are not detained at the borders.  They have no passports and like this virus can go undetected until it has multiplied by the tens of millions.

I shudder to think where Ebola really came from or H1N1 or even HIV.  I am a writer of science fiction, so I do think outside the box.  We have no idea what goes on in little laboratories in countries where money cuts through the red tape.  People are corrupt and stupid when it comes to weapons.  In my novel Under Roswell, I talk about it in detail, of course, in a fictional environment.

This is an excellent time to read, reflect, and stay safe.  If not lost in some novel, you might try picking up the Bible.  There are 66 books there that many, including myself, find comfort in.  Pray for wisdom for humanity.  We can do some pretty fantastic things, or we can destroy the world with the push of a button, or have some tired worker forget some safety protocol.

Much Love -TW

 

TW do you have a thing for Lesbians?

I have a thing for People!

That was the basic gist of an e-mail from one of my readers.

I have a thing for people.  I am what is known as a ‘humanist.’  I value critical thinking skills over your ability to catch a baseball or perhaps kick the winning goal in soccer. Those are all important, but I endeavor to engage the higher self in my novels.

If you read my novels, even the naughtiest of them will have that philosophy in them.

No, my works are not anti-Christian or anti any religion.  Humanism is a type of philosophy, which I happen to ascribe to and participate in, as I construct my stories.

I took the time to re-write one of my favorite novels, Diamond Joe.  In that novel, we take a perfectly ordinary person and turn her life upside down.  As writers, we get to do that.

You see a thinking person can think outside the box.  What if you were totally bereft of love, and pick your gender, someone shows you affection and kindness, and they happen to be in a body that matches your assigned gender?  A thinking person can look past that.

No, I don’t have a thing for lesbians. I have a thing for people.  I encourage people to seek a higher form of self.  The stereotypes that we grew up with should be challenged.

We can debate many things, and I am happy to do it. What I think may not be mainstream, or it might.

The key to debate and thinking really is to do so without emotions.  Once you interject ‘feeling’ in the discussion or conversation, the playing field is skewed.

One of my close friends believes that every word in the bible is sacrosanct and the absolute word of God.  As a thinking person, I can dismantle the bible in its entirety.  I asked my friend if he cared to debate the subject with me.  This was after he assured me that he was open-minded.  His answer was..’ as long as it does not go against what I believe, we can debate it.’

Stated another way …no…

Humanism is about doing away with the mythology and superstitions and looking at who you are.  It is not who I am, or your wife or husband is; it is about looking at who you are. Only when you know who you are, can you possibly understand the world.

Do I believe in God? …Yes.  Do I think God is as defined in the bible…?  Not so much.

Unlike those who blindly go to church every time the door is open and give their tithes and offerings and time, I don’t do that blindly.

We can talk about the world’s divergence from God and how it is falling into a bad place.  We can make an argument about why the church and God are essential and why we should have decency laws.

We can, in fact, argue for that spiritual connection between you and your creator, but I have no idea what I would label it.  Possibly just Enlightenment.

There are well over 3000 denominations of Christianity today, which is, overwhelming.

The early church had to be controlled by SATAN himself, and man was just as corrupt then as they are now.

Back then, they would sell you indulgences to get your dead relatives into heaven.

Today they want to sell you carbon credits to save the world.  I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt why this climate change thing is a talking point for money for the rich, but we have put emotions in the mess by having coke cola have those cute polar bears drinking coke, and now they are all going to drown.  Oh please!

The world is being brainwashed by the ‘elite’ who want to find ways to control you.  En masse, they are doing it.

Power corrupts.  The more you give someone, the more corrupt they become.  I would steer clear of any mega-church or one that has some central authority that you must contribute to.

Small churches without a governing body that reports to some other high priest or what have you, is where I would look.

I say in many of my novels, and I mean this.  If they preach hate and bigotry from the pulpit, I will not give them a dime.

No, nothing for lesbians my friends but I do have lesbian friends, and I do love them. I have gay men friends who I also love.  Oh, and I have many straight friends who think outside the box, who I spend my time with and love as well.

I tend to stay away from what I affectionately call the knuckle draggers.  You know who they are.  Pray for them or lead by example but…I caution you most earnestly if they are toxic, keep them out of your life.

Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.

Writers tend to be ‘great minds,’ which is why I call them my tribe.   Not everyone that writes falls into this category but…they might be working on it, which I will most certainly encourage.

Much Love -TW

Diamond Joe

“Real Christians” follow the rules of Jesus”

 

Driving the rural countryside the other day I saw this billboard.  Not some tiny little sign off the side of the road but an honest to goodness billboard.

“Real Christians” follow the rules of Jesus”

“Rules, Jesus?”

What does that mean exactly?

Maybe this is just me but, I see this sign right up there with those who parade around holding signs saying that God hates Fags.

First off I have no idea what a “real Christian is.”  I don’t, do you?

To those of us who have an intellect that is at least twelfth grade and have read the Bible, there are really few rules to it to be a Christian.

The first and most controversial of them is, that you are called.

Does that mean that your cell phone will come up with this number 1-800 H-E-A-V-E-N?  ( Yea I know it is missing a digit, but it is God after all so he can so have a unique number.)  “By the way, if he ever sends you a card, save the stamp!”

How can you tell if you are called?

Do you have a desire to learn more?

Have you been putting off picking up the book or going to church with a friend?

There are many ways to be called and not one of them is cast in stone.

“You must profess that Jesus is your salvation.  He paid the price for any sin you ever did, or will do.”

Read that last part again, “or will do.”   He knew you before you were born and created you anyway.

How do we know that; the Bible tells us so.”

You are either a Christian, or you are not.  I don’t understand how someone can try and decipher levels of Christianity! It is not biblical. Therefore they do not exist.

I deal with this topic in many of my books.  Bigots who hide behind the bible do a disservice to others.  They give Christianity a bad name with their warped understanding of it.  If you are sitting there thinking it is my understanding that is warped, think again….  People are famous for taking things out of context and making the Bible say things that it does not.

The early church made it illegal for you to own a Bible.

Now keep in mind that the early church was not only your spiritual guidance, they were also the educators, and most importantly the government!  Yea, if you disagreed with them, it was bad news for you!

Juxtaposing LGBT and Christianity has been a fine tight wire to walk.  I deal with this in many of my novels, Diamond Joe being the latest.  It is not the overarching theme of any of my novels, but I deal with it as many are on the fence and honestly need to hear something other than “God Hates Fags!”

It is simply not the case!  Anyone who does something to cause someone to turn away from him is actually in more hot water than your average sinner.   Christians are called to love the sinner and not the sin.  That is it, end of story!  Your sexual preference does not make a difference, you are no different than any of the other sinners in any of those buildings we call churches.  That in itself is another misnomer as the “church” are the saints or the body of believers, not the damned building!

I just released Diamond Joe, and people are buying it all over the world, go check it out and tell me what you think.  Some of the first e-mails in are super positive!

Tell me your thoughts on this blog.  No hate please, the world is full enough of that.  I will not tolerate it here or in my life.

Constructive criticism or honest disagreement I can handle.  Spewing vile rhetoric under some pseudonym, save your breath.

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Much Love -TW