Its time for a big change
So in this latest go’round of covid propaganda I’m trying a different approach; Im giving it no energy. Im not going to argue with anyone, Im not discussing it with anyone, Im not going to read endlessly about it, Im not going to watch coverage or worry over it. Im not going to try to decipher, plan, or strategize. I’m not going down the endless rabbit holes of speculation nor will I entertain fear of any kind, from any source. As far as I’m concerned, covid is over. This latest development has convinced me that this madness isnt about to end and I have no desire to subject myself to it’s machinations indefinitely. I now realize that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by any acknowledgement of it what-so-ever. In short, it is a waste of time and energy.
Im going to sit here on my homestead, like a civilized man, and wait for the rest of the world to come to it’s collective senses. I intend to disengage and withdraw from a society that I see as suffering from a mental illness. When [ IF ] the world is ready to behave itself, I’ll be happy to participate again.
I’ve already disengaged physically by living in a rural area, on a small farm, away from the hoi polloi of modern society. Yet I have maintained an interest in what was happening out there. Ive eagerly watched and took part in debates over the many twists and turns, worrying about where this was all going in the end. It is that interest and energy which I must now withdraw.
Its time to accompany my aforementioned physical disengagement with a mental and spiritual disengagement. Im not following along anymore. My world is going to shrink considerably and will no longer include too much beyond my own acreage. In order to achieve this, my internet use must be curtailed which has been a long time coming. Ive mentioned this many times here and have struggled with how to balance the benefits of internet use with the draw backs. After much consideration I believe I have come up with a reasonable strategy; My online usage will be limited to downloading books, shopping, doing business, and ‘how to’ videos. There will be no news consumption, no politics, no social media and no covid madness. The only exception to that rule will be my contributions here on this site, which will be limited to about once per week [ and preferably focused on non-covid related topics ].
My life will now be comprised only of the things which I choose. I will no longer ALLOW outside elements to determine my thoughts, energies, concerns, or actions. Call it an early New Years’ resolution. Call it a gift to myself. Im taking back my life and that begins with my thoughts and attention.
After all. I’d rather look at these things…
….than this thing;
At nearly 50 years old, if I dont take possession of my own life, I never will. I invite you all do do some thinking along these same lines. Im not saying you have to agree or to do what I do, only to consider the subject. After all, its your life right? So who should decide where your thoughts and energies are spent? Should it be you, or the freak in the photo? If you are waiting for ‘them’ to give you permission to free your mind of their content, that day will never come. When covid is over, ‘IF’ its ever allowed to be over in our lifetime, something else even more urgent will take its place to command and dominate your mind.
I believe you are completely right. Thank you for giving us all something to think about. I agree that the mental pollution from the covid ‘pandemic’ has been extreme and deeply harmful. It’s time to cultivate some pockets of light in this dark world. All the best to you and your lovely cows.
Yes, I think we have enough information about Covid now that there’s no need to react at every new piece of information.
In general I strive for relaxed yet aware so that when I detect a true threat I can take action as necessary. All this fear mongering gets really, really old….
Good on you, Brushhog,
I just had a similar realization after seeing family on Thanksgiving. I’m going to empty my mind and spend more time either preparing or just living life. This has become counterproductive. I’m still keeping an eye out and staying active on PP, but I’m avoiding social media and other news to a large extent. Even if things change, I have much of my mind and health terrain covered.
The “conspiracy theory” mindset (a weaponized term) is also a hole that attracts mental illness, fear, and stress. That was all too clear, even before Covid hit, and now it’s becoming a dangerous factor for many, especially those who have trouble discerning data or truth from fiction.
I’d very much like to start a homestead too, but don’t have the monetary means right now, so I’m doing what I can with what I have.
The “conspiracy theory” mindset (a weaponized term) is also a hole that attracts mental illness, fear, and stress. That was all too clear, even before Covid hit, and now it’s becoming a dangerous factor for many, especially those who have trouble discerning data or truth from fiction
Thats a big truth bomb that I think everyone here should consider. How about the poor lady that posted here last week in terror that her children were going to be forcibly jabbed, and then die while her and her husband were going to be sent to a concentration camp?
Even now there is a thread open about “re-education camps” coming to America. Stuff like that is every bit as toxic and poisonous as the fear that the mainstream is putting out.
As human being I am not above being affected by these things. Nobody is. Its packaged and delivered as a threat to you and your loved ones. The people who construct these things know that the human mind will always drop whatever it is thinking to turn it’s attention towards a perceived threat. That is the way they capture your attention and control your thoughts. Its a very powerful trick.
When Im outside feeding my cows I’m not thinking about what a nice day it is or how pretty the snow looks in the trees, Im thinking about being sent to a concentration camp and my mind is busy thinking of ways to avoid it. In that moment, my mind had been “captured” and it no longer belongs to me. Instead of experiencing the peace and happiness that are my reality, I am experiencing suffering and fear that doesnt even exist.. Its not reality, it is a wild illusion but if you spend time in the world of illusion it can become your reality.
And, I think that is what has happened to alot of people whether through the mainstream [ covid and the unvaxxed are going to kill you ] or alternative [ death camps and totalitarianism are going to kill you ] outlets.
Decouple. Go outside. Play in the dirt. Love your neighbors, vaxxed or not. Don’t get sucked into a giant Covid rat king.
What’s a rat king? Glad you asked.
Agree, unplugged the TV about 6 weeks ago have not missed anything. Increased my reading from the local library, which has excellent resources.
I am so so glad you posted this. I need to do some really big reviewing.
I also have a homestead. But I find myself sucked into this world that I really, REALLY don’t want to be in. Doing things with my kids, sure, but it feels like an overcommitment every single day. Yesterday I exhausted myself doing things that were GOOD – milking a cow for a friend who is out of town, then running immediately to puppy training with my daughter and her pup, then almost immediately going to a fundraiser event for the local grange, then came home late and made dinner, watched a show, and went to bed.
And today woke up with a massive headache which means I won’t get the things done I intended to (processing 6 gallons of raw milk and then also back to the grange to help finish up the fundraiser.
I don’t know how this has happened and I don’t know how to fix it but then when you put all the covid related and online stresses on top of it, I just feel so disconnected from the life I want to be living and I don’t know how to get there.
I wish i could live a life just here self contained on the homestead, or at least relatively so. I feel like my homesteading time and efforts actually are a very small part of my life and I don’t like that. I know I can work towards the life that I want, but it feels so overwhelming right now. Like – any added efforts to homesteading don’t reduce my time spent “out” but I don’t know how to reduce my time spent “out” and by “out” I mean just my time, effort and energy that is put into things outside of my own home and immediate circle.
It sounds discombobulated and so disconnected in my head. Personally it also is rough because I’m a single parent so I have to do all the things and make a living, etc. It just feels like there SHOULD be a way I can disconnect – TRULY disconnect – but I don’t think I can until my kids are grown. Frustrating.
I know exactly what is going on around me and have settled into not knowing what tomorrow will bring. The only thing I can control is allowing myself to enjoy the moment; the beauty of nature, my daily hikes through the forest, knowing that it could all be gone tomorrow. It’s time to put an end to the nightmares and enjoy what I have today.
This post was fantastic. As a suburbanite which a good food stash etc its harder for me to act as if this isn’t happening but after Chris’ excellent posts on the new variant I was also reminded how done I am with Covid on some level.
I just put in triple pane windows and through a series of not very interesting events I find myself looking through one at the tree in the front yard. A squirrel has run up with a frozen apple and birds are chasing each other around. The sun flickers off the few leaves and a small wet looking cloud floats by behind it.
Why in the hell am I wondering what Fauci is gonna say next when I could look at this? Or at anything else?
I still need to keep an eye on things as a city dweller but after the incredible bad faith shown by every institution we know during the last two years why spend time analyzing their most recent pronouncements? Think about it in 3 months from now when we’ve seen the results. By then you’ll have pretty good evidence about what they are up to this time.
Meanwhile, live dammit!