Whitley Strieber offers a new journal entry in response to the swelling call among commentator and politicians in many countries to ignore COVD-19 and put their populations back to work before their economies suffer irreversible damage. It is clear for example, in the US, that the longer the lockdown continues, the more likely it is that the country will end up in a situation worse than the great depression. But if we end it too soon, the chaos caused by the rapid spread of the virus is likely to make matters even worse, and within a matter of months.
Every country in the world, from the US to China and India to Germany, Japan and all the others, faces this same dilemma: do we accept economic catastrophe in order to avert general contagion, or do we accept general contagion in order to avert economic catastrophe.
This is probably the most serious collective problem that the human species has faced in remembered history. To solve it, we will need wisdom and social and political co-ordination unlike anything we have known before.
In his new journal, Whitley takes the measure of the problem and suggests some directions. To read it, click here.