Part 4: Rules to Remember

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People are not entitled to their own reality. Individuals need to enforce boundaries, including personal boundaries. That stops abusers from causing harm.

Sensible people accept unpleasant realities and cope with them.

 Lockdowns happen. That’s a fact of life. You can prepare for them by shopping in person, ahead of time, or online. Grousing to friends is fun and an emotional relief. Vent, and then cope with the situation.

Offspring can usually be cared for by cooperative friends, relatives, and neighbors. Seek solutions for childcare, or other employment options. Life is not easy and sometimes it is downright hard to take.

The future has always been accentuated with a learning curve. Humanity went from Point A to Points B, C, D, and so on, throughout history. We’ve overcome previous setbacks. We’ll master the Covid-19 situation eventually. Focus on feeling upbeat and on a desirable future.

For now we can strive to cope with stress, illness, and life in general. We can comfort each other.

Support your emotional and physical health with good nutrition, regular exercise, and a nurtured sense of humor. If this tactic helps you, use it: Turn your coping strategies into a game. Win points for coping successfully with stress, responsibilities, limitations, and be sure to reward yourself for having finessed your way through the confusion and shocks to anyone’s sensibilities. You’re growing emotionally, spiritually, and insightfully. Take time to appreciate all that.

When trust is broken, “sorry” tends to be a meaningless word. Conspiracy theorists who’ve been proven wrong don’t usually repair the lives they’ve harmed.

 Many Americans and thus many westerners are aware of the maxim “Innocent until proven guilty.” Conspiracy theorists, however, don’t care for moral platitudes that don’t serve their needs. Fairness and the suspension of judgment thwarts their ego-centered goals. Gossip matters more than morality to conspiracy believers. Their convoluted sense of morality supports their beliefs as it is.

 Social sophistication, and the lack of it, is part of the conspiracy theory picture. There was a time when people could have reasonably expected that only members of lower, uneducated social classes would subscribe to conspiracy theories. Such members of society would have presumably lacked the skills or motivation to sort fact from fiction. As indicated throughout this article, though, the truth is that educated naïfs and educated lazy people are prone to believing in conspiracies because they’re emotionally unable or unwilling to separate fact from fiction. Manipulators who foist lies and frighten people with dangerous agendas appeal to the lowest common denominators in people: fear, the need for demonstrable factual information, and the desire for control. The rise of broadcast and digital media, long accused of distorting realities for political and financial agendas, helped them to scare people.

If you wish, speak with a licensed therapist for guidance on how to deal with your fears and the people causing them. Refuse to be intimidated.

As always, the Jewish people focuses on making goodness from hardship. Pull on your spiritual muscles, decide to grow, and let the miracles unfold. The month of Adar if filled with such lessons.

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