I loved this section. Of all the missions so far, this one has been my favorite because it gave clues, solutions and processes to learn to solve a huge problem that is part of my Evokation. As many of you know, i am a supporter of the Gaia theory by Dr. Jame s Lovelock. One of the problems I am always faced with is how to communicate the seriousness of the problem ie. the crisis mode the earth finds itself in without enabling denial in the people I am talking to.
In how do people react to a Pandemic
I learned the keys of Denial. This is the insight I want to share. When your trying to educate people on the enormity of a crisis that could result in the worlds population going from 6.7 billion at the stat of the 21st century to 500 million or less by 2100 AD ( 90 years) the reaction i see most in all forms of people is split among two groups - those who accept the findings ( or at least give credence to th possibility and do more research) and those who just outright deny anything could do that.
I thought this was an expression of the simple - complicated - complex problem theory, where people are more able to handle simple & complicated problems but cannot for the most part grasp complexity. I do believe this a part of the problem but not the root. The root lies in Denial. That is why this article with its five strategies as bulwarks against denial so impressed me. (I am pasting them here because I think they are so important to learn and internalize)
No matter what your Evokation- this set of webpages present information we all need to elarn.
Five principle bulwarks against denial
||Legitimize fear. People go into denial because they don't feel entitled to be afraid. The more entitled people feel to be afraid, the less likely they are to go into denial. This is why the message, "Don't be afraid," is a very destructive message in serious circ**stances. Much superior is the message, "Well, of course, you're afraid, I'm afraid too. We're all afraid. We'll get through this together."
||Things to do. It's not that if you have things to do you are less afraid; it's that if you have things to do you are better able to bear your fear. The military understands this very well. It tries to keep soldiers busy so that they can tolerate their fear.
||Things to decide. Whenever possible, offer people menus of things to do so they have opportunities to decide what they want to do and what they don't want to do. This makes them less likely to go with the denial, because it makes them more able to bear their fear.
||Love. Anyone who has had the experience of loving knows that we are much better able to bear fear on behalf of those we love than on our own behalf. The military knows well that soldiers don't fight for their country, they fight for their buddies. Again, it's not that loving makes you less afraid, it's that loving makes you more able to bear your fear.
||Hate. This is the more controversial bulwark. Having somebody you hate, or maybe a virus you hate, can enable you to bear your fear and hang in there without tripping the circuit breaker into denial.
Fear is a solution, not the problem. It simply makes no sense to say, "I want you to take precautions, but I don't want you to be afraid."