Corona induced Stockholm Syndrome

Should we trust the government?

Government handling of the covid crisis has created a climate of fear in the UK that is palpable. People are afraid to leave their homes. Residents of tourist towns are taking matter into their own hands, vigilante style; shooing people away with home made signs, building road blocks and setting traps on footpaths. Chat forums are full of vitriol and hard words against ‘outsiders’. Bigotry has taken on a new disguise. An ego encapsulated in martyrs clothing.

Protect the vulnerable is the mantra of these fearful folks.

Now that the government has eased the lockdown, these same folks are still afraid. There appears to be little that will reassure these people that the world has in fact changed little in the past eight weeks and that it is perfectly safe to leave the house. The risk of living a normal life remains more or less the same (in some cases its safer e.g. less pollution, fewer road traffic accidents etc).

When did risk become an unacceptable facet of modern life? When did we surrender our common sense to a nanny state? Why have our communities surrendered collective action in favour of political spin?

The UK has issued guidance in a recent press conference that reiterates that the virus is not harmful to the vast majority. Feedback from a cross section of comments on social media is that regardless of the statement made by the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, they are still not accepting of the risks. Lockdown has become the new norm. Isolation is the preferred way to live until a vaccine is found.

Sweden has done a great job of managing the crisis. Many nations are now following their model to ‘unlockdown’. It’s a pragmatic policy that seems to have worked well in many metrics of comparison with the rest of Europe.

One argument I’ve heard repeatedly is that it’s not about personal safety but that of others. Another is that the UK is ‘not like Sweden or New Zealand’, a geographical rebuke. It’s as if the fear itself has taken on a meaning beyond the facts. As if the world was 100% ‘safe’ before the outbreak.

Rational thinking and critical analysis have been thrown out in favour of panic and hysteria. Anyone that dares challenge the official narrative branded a Facist or a money first libertarian.

Groupthink has run riot.

Fear is undoubtedly a personal journey. If we put the covid narrative to one side and just take fear as the proponent in the responses discussed above, we see a different picture. We start to see the personal triggers of the individual. It’s no longer about covid or the vulnerable, it’s about our relationship to fear, death and the self. We’re looking into a mirror.

The projections we are dealing with are primal. They are innate and immediate. A line of argument that challenges our belief in something necessarily causes our ego to feel threatened. Consequently, the reaction is often strong, aggressive and personal. As if our life depended on it.

I’m personally fearful for the loss of personal freedoms, civil liberties and individual sovereignty. I’m concerned that law has been changed under the guise of pandemic necessity and may not revert back.

I do not accept this shift. I feel it unjustified and a step towards totalitarianism. Fascist regimes use these out-of-sight actions while attention is focussed elsewhere – like a sick pantomime about power and control. Take the Iraq War of 2003 as a benchmark for this kind of compliance-based-on-lies approach to policy.

“He’s behind you!”

It may be that my opinions about mandatory vaccines are without foundation, it may be that microchipping the public is not part of the plan, it could be that digital currency and state control are not the aim of the project. Truth is, at this stage we just don’t know.

Bill Gates and the WHO may be a genuine force for good. It’s possible that the lockdown was devised to protect the public, rather than to manufacture a heightened sense of fear. The fourth industrial revolution may be an inevitable transition into a new way of being that is of benefit for all. Time will tell.

Now that we’ve woken the beast, we all must learn to understand those personal fears. It is through this work that we’ll restore sanity, common sense and civil liberties. We must learn to know ourselves. Inner work is the first step towards reassessing our relationship with fear. A calm and quiet mind is the gift of solitude. Lockdown has given us that opportunity to cultivate a practice; meditation, cycling, singing – there are many paths to the enlightened way.

I’ve personally benefited from a regular meditation and mindfulness practice. I’ve transitioned from a lifestyle that I felt unsustainable and unsatisfactory. I live a life of compassion and balance that cultivates awareness and equanimity. It’s a daily practice that rewards me with peace of mind and clarity of being. I’m truly grateful for this art of living technique. I feel liberated and free. I created this blog to share these insights and to further develop my own understanding of how it’s possible to live a life of dharma in this world.

My practice is more than simply sitting still, doing nothing. Beyond the cushion there is action. In the first instance it’s sharing my ideas here with the intention to steer others towards the path. In these strange times it also includes sharing opinions that are outside of the mainstream, that challenge convention, since inert acceptance of the status quo, when things are not what they seem, is simply a cop out.

Dharmic action includes bringing awareness to injustice and inequality.

There has been a lot of talk about social responsibility. The government has been keen to place the responsibility for the spread of covid on to ordinary citizens. It is positioning itself for plausible deniability, a common legal argument used to exonerate the guilty on the basis of vague and patchy evidence. Straight out of the Propaganda 101 playbook.

As we begin to ease restrictions and look towards returning to life as social beings, it is essential to review our level of personal responsibility. How do we show up in the world? What risks are we willing to take for ourselves? Where are we able to make a positive contribution to society? Do I trust myself? Can I trust others?

It is a rare thing to take full responsibility for our lives. We have been conditioned to surrender responsibility from the very beginning.

A new born is taken from the mother and injected with vaccines, usually under duress – the mother doesn’t know any better – we’re taught in schools to ‘trust’ the science. And from there it’s one thing after the other; medication ties us to the efficacy of modern health care, our jobs bind us to the economic system, family conditions us into dogma, religion and class.

Some are blessed to break out of these strongholds, many never fully sever ties to these traditional systems. We are bound into cooperation and complicity in subtle and seemingly benign agreements. Without serious effort, we never fully actuate to become independent thinkers.

Responsibility for the outcome being outside of our control is an all too easily accepted position, the propaganda machine of mainstream media is an untamed beast that serves only the rich and the powerful. Oligarchs and billionaires have free reign over our collective thoughts and ideologies.

And so, here we are.

The government has said that the pandemic is a threat to our very existence and we’re afraid.

The lockdown is being lifted.

The science has confirmed that the virus is harmless to many, yet, we’re still afraid.

Personal freedom or government guidance.

Natural immunity or mandatory vaccine.

Civil liberties or totalitarianism.

Sovereignty or technocracy.

It takes courage to read between the lines and realise the lie hiding in plain sight. Truth seeing shifts the ground on which we have built our lives. It can be a bumpy ride.

We may not be able to stop the media from spinning us a yarn, but we can ignore it. We may not have noticed the abuse of power enacted by the government, but we can challenge it. We may have been tricked into fear, but we can choose to reject it.

With proper awareness, critical thinking and dharmic action we can strike out against the narrative of fear and break the hold of corona-induced Stockholm Syndrome. We always have a choice. It’s time to exercise our personal power to claim back our freedoms. A walk in the park with a few friends is perhaps a good place to start.