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Corona Virus or is it SARS-COVID 19? The Big Kick Back and the Big Nasty

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Hello, people. I try to write like you and I could sit down together and read it. I really do not publish until I like the story.

Time to Care

Wish I was there.
Wish I was there. | Source

Numbers Lie

Corona means crown. SARS just tells you it is nasty, nasty. COVID tells you the type of nasty and 19 is really 2019. (Not that there are 19 of them) COVID kills. Corona is a Latin term that makes no sense being attached to this fully Asian nasty. Knowing all about the Corona the SARS and Covid really does you no good. Just know it is nasty. In the sense that on rare occasions it kills people. Yes a couple million out of 7+ Billion creates a rare and an exception rather than a rule. Yes we are looking at a percentage like .00 something. But hey kick it back on this big old nasty. Sorry but statistically it is rare to die of terrorism, very rare. Rare means; So small a number that it is not at all anywhere close to normal. Like maybe more or less a 1 percent chance. Just for discussion but .00 something is not even elevated to rare. Maybe infinitesimal?

Hey I am in the bad age range, I have a severely compromised immune system. (Stupid lame cancer) So I do the kick it back and avoid the big nasty. One bummer is that our home is thereby effected. So my poor wife has to act like as though she is also in that less rare group. Maybe my team has more of a 4% risk/chance if we get infected which is in the .0 range still, or maybe not.

But those statistics do not take into account two factors of real note. “Kick it back” and pumping the love into the criteria.

I actually use the term “kicky-back”. The first meaning is “to take it easy”. The next is to return a favor. And the third is to back off and observe without judgement. 1,2 and 3 equal empathy for yourself and others. Seems that love thrown into the mix completes the recipe for dealing with life stressors.

Maybe just maybe we could learn something here. I need a good refresher on kicking it back. I need some more kicking back and some more easy on kicking it forward. I am reacting with some unneeded angst. It just happens like when I went off on the patron at the grocery store without a mask or other covering which is easy. Oh I let him have it. It was my pleasure before I said a word. And then I spoke and handed him a brightly colored, go with his skin tone, handkerchief. But it is disturbing that my mind let him have it first.

We can do better and send out that vibe and get connected in a loving way. But I think that first we need to kicky back a number set on our dial.

If I were a rich man I would not have to worry about things. Wrong. If I were rich and could not kicky back then what score would that bring me. If I worry about having enough or if I worry about keeping enough then what gain is there? And worrying about having more is a real bummer.

Now You Ladies, Boogey Woogey All Night Long

My son and I play two basic passing games with the soccer ball. Do not fret we also have a net and play hard core 1 on 1 Futbal. From time to time with more. OK I have to kick back as a goalie and not go too fast and furious on my belief where the ball will go, but rather wait out those 100th of a second blues. Then react. I have about 3 seconds on that shot on goal. And I have to kick back and observe the first 50% of one second. Ouch. But again, a numbers game.

Well doesn’t that little sports deal bring us to observing as a kicky back? In my home I need to be involved with everything. That is what my fun spot and ego tell me. I want to be a part of and I can make any deal better. Wrong. Sit down, shut up and observe! The crazy deal of life should have us frequenting our chair eating our popcorn and enjoying the show. Hoots and hollers should be our light kick back. I reckon I got lucky with the feller in the store. No one needed to fix anyone.

I was just watching my wife and youngest having a blast outside with a water game. Oh did I want to join in the fun. But it was clear that kicking back and just watching from a distance was the right call. When I enter a game it changes dynamics. When you are the opposite of a wall flower it is best sometimes to back off. So much more so with stay at home directives. Space is taken away and so new space must be created in a loving way.

And isn’t that telling us something about inclusion. We must look for that family member looking at the fun from the back row and invite them in and give them a seat at our table of fun. Something new should be embraced.

My boy said that he was not my roommate because we had different rooms and were family. I posed the question if he did not want to be my roommate also and he said that sounded good. “So no bosses right?” That kid!

Tho' I Walk Through the Valley

Maybe Some Sun Later.
Maybe Some Sun Later. | Source

We Build The Chapel of Love

Amen

So let us get to the heart of the matter. Never before in our history have we been quarantined without having a disease or at least it’s apparent symptoms. Never. I used the statistics above to make the point that this is extreme for a .00. Yet, even a rebellious type person such as myself follows the directives. Why? I am not an ultra-patriot, I am not afraid of dying in the least. My faith sees to that. So what is up that I give up freedom on a .00? Now what is making me and you kicky back? There is only one cause for the sentient among us. And you are one, or you would not be reading this.

Nope the above does not justify our compliance as a majority. Sorry but the unmasked man in the store did not care about others, hence no mask of gloves. Not really very thoughtful of him. So we have some who do not care about caring. Fine, God made us equal in his eyes not compared to one another.

So it is within that caring that we see the difference. I simply do not give a good gaul darn what .00 it is. If I gave it to you it would be 100% wrong if by Carelessness. Love is to care. Absence of caring is absence of love.

We actually, if experts are to be believed, saved millions through caring in a loving way for our family, our friends and our neighbors. Our love transcended the necessity. Our huge massive movement voluntarily may well have saved your sister’s life. .00 be damned. I care a whole hell of a lot more than a number. That number will always be number one, first priority, care and loving. The chips will fall as they may and as we return to what will be a full on normal my life in the big picture will not change.

I simply cannot change from caring and loving. If there is a crisis there is old dummy Eric just kicking back and caring as usual. Boring maybe. A broken record for sure but it is my old boring broken record and I love it.

Peace be with you.

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    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 days ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      I like explanation. Stay safe and God bless you always.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill we have my funeral all mapped out. How ridiculous and fun. It will take them two months to comply with my directives. We are having so much fun contemplating the absurd. Excuse me I really need to get serious.

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      William Kovacic 

      4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You covered a lot of ground on this one, my friend! And as always, love wins. You say, "If there is a crisis there is old dummy Eric just kicking back and caring as usual." What the world needs are a few more "dummy Erics" kicking back and caring. Thanks for sharing this one.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric, when I see my oncologist he always asks what is the matter? I tell him "nothing with me but this bug I got is having a fit."

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      Rodric Anthony 

      4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks, Eric. I re-read what I wrote. I DO have health issues. I suppose I had wishful thinking when I was writing before. Prayers still go up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Abhijeet that is nice of you to write.

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 

      4 weeks ago from Brampton, Ontario, Canada

      Nicely written Eric

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Rodric. Since meeting you here your family is on our prayer list.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Howdy John thanks for coming over from the porch. Like we are just a hollering over the fence. My community is rural of 28,000 or so. You can have a horse in your "backyard". But we border 4 much larger cities one being San Diego and one a Rancho community. So we see it all. About 10 cases total here and 4 being off a Naval Vessel. No hospitalizations. None current. Mexico is about 5 flying miles away, Tijuana.

      Strange this thing but us rural people seem to have it better with at least a 90% compliance with directives. Of note is the stay at home. It stopped folks from going to work in the cities and bringing it home.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I needed to read what you wrote to Ruby. I don't have health issues, but I believe cancer is one that brings with it certain fear. Your courage in the face of that fear is an inspiration. Keep on writing and my prayers for you go up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So Ruby I lost my oncologist. He is still there but my insurance for him is gone. I am in a nightmare of medical bureaucratic mazes. Cancer treatment for some of us is not essential. Changing as I write. I am not worried but changing docs mid stream stinks.

      Life is darned good.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      A pleasure to read your viewpoints on this virus and the social distancing etc, Eric. I live in a small town, still with no cases of the virus reported but we still do all the recommended things “just in case.” My wife has made us both fabric masks with filters inside, and they are pretty cool looking too.

      Go to the supermarket or anywhere in town and you may see one or two others wearing masks in total. As of today a number of Australian states are beginning a gradual easing of restrictions as new infections have fallen significantly and in some cases reduced to zero.

      Barring acting too soon and a spike occurring, life should gradually start to return to some form of normal. Even if this whole Covid-19 thing was blown out of proportion it may have some positive effects on us as people in the wash up. Let’s hope so.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I was shopping at Walmart when a man and woman passed by, he sneezed a big ole sneeze, didn't cover his mouth and acted like nothing unusual happened. I wanted to shout, wear a mask you fool, but I didn't. It appears that some people do not care or they don't believe the virus is out there. I like to read your broken record sermons because they make a lot of sense to me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric I was outside in front gardening. My neighbor walked right up to me like always and we engaged in banter about cars and wives. His stance was a good ten feet away as always. We are both quite loud and like our space. I told him thanks for maintaining social distance. We laughed as he said that the day he gets closer call the cops.

      I appreciate your use of the term quirky in describing my writing.

      From the first time I read your writing I said "Eric, this guy loves, from his family to his church and God he loves".

      With you large family I bet you guys have all kind of stories to tell. Please do.

      Eric

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      Rodric Anthony 

      4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      "Bring on any kind of normal you want, our normal of love will never change."

      You taught me today, Eric. I was starting to distance myself from my neighbors. I don't want the virus, but I don't want to lose my faith trying to judge people who are not as committed to the social distance as I am. I keep loving how I love and hope others can find it in them to love the best they can as is supposed to be until we all come to a unity in love. Some day...

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      Rodric Anthony 

      4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I read this article and it touched me. I was leaning towards the wrong direction in regard to those in the States exercising our right to defy the government due to the so-called unConstitutionality of the shutdown orders and quarantine. People like you and I have a condition that makes us more susceptible to death if we get COVID-19.

      We also, as you put so well, not return hate to those who do not care as much as others to protect the lives of those weaker than them. It is so selfish to not wear a mask or protection during time when the appearance of such attire gives the allusion of protection if nothing more. Give me that comfort at least to show me you care about others if you will. Anyway...

      I post this in my social media about your article.:

      I read this article by one of my writing colleagues. He has a quirky way of putting words together, but his point is true.

      " I went off on the patron at the grocery store without a mask or other covering which is easy. Oh, I let him have it. It was my pleasure before I said a word. And then I spoke and handed him a brightly colored, go with his skin tone, handkerchief. But it is disturbing that my mind let him have it first.....

      "Sorry but the unmasked man in the store did not care about others, hence no mask of gloves. Not really very thoughtful of him. So we have some who do not care about caring. Fine, God made us equal in his eyes not compared to one another."

      People speak and protest about their rights to religious freedom, but forget that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbors as ourselves. While you are out there protesting and spreading COVID-19 to people who will not get sick, think about the less than .oo% pf people who will get sick and die. Stay at home for that number. Be uncomfortable for that group. It is a small price to pay to save a stranger's life

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Corona-Virus-or-is-i...

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz I thank you. So on point as always. I vote for a full on battle. Complacency is what we have to fear. It is so easy to get comfy with a new norm. We have to do it out of respect and not fear.

      My son is learning so much about our civil society. A blessing in disguise?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Your "kicky-back" attitude is a great attitude, Eric. As a higher risk person I am glad you put caring and loving first and keep a positive attitude. I am also high risk so I just chill out and and bide my time. I hope you do the same and enjoy your family time.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      You make a good point Eric. It's about thinking of others. Damage to the economy and pressure to ease the lockdown are strong in the UK. But you can't put a price on human life and it's a tough decision for the politicians.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, we obeyed social distancing but a man hailed that his two dogs got out and had I seen them. About two miles from home on my breaking dawn walk. I broke right and he went left. Oh my! Two mean looking Pit-bulls. I found 'em and calling their names they were happy to attack me with licks. Now home safe.

      Bring on any kind of normal you want, our normal of love will never change.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill just what is it with our niche of the club of Humanity One World. I think I will work on a hub of pure logic. This deal of breaking everything to love as the guiding principle just gets old ;-)

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I love your kicky-back attitude. We can fret and stew and get all bent out of shape over this thing, or just be like Eric. You know the one I choose. Love to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on Bro! It is so simple to follow the guidelines. I'm a rebel at heart, but if there is the slightest chance I could infect someone else, I'm not willing to take it. Pretty simple to me; speaks of H.O.W., doesn't it? We are all in this together because we all belong to the same club.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I have developed this; "Forgive them Lord for they know not what they do". It helps me. Up to God if it helps them or others. But forgive me Lord for punching them if they do it out of a malice.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene thank you for coming by with your mask on. You will like this; I do my front area gardening during the heavy walking time of the morn. I say a lady from down the street walking. (too obese) first time for her to walk around - yahoo, good for her! She was wearing her Freddy Kruger mask. I was laughing so hard, how fun. 923 Parkbrook, she passes out the candy on Halloween in that mask. If this new normal is what it is, count me in!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Going into a store we look more like we plan to rob the place than shop there but yes, covering up is about protecting oneself and others. I have seen a marked increase of people in public spaces not keeping their distance (stay AWAY from me!) and refusing to wear masks, walking around like nothing has changed. I think it may be their political statement but we will all pay for it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I never could have imagined the day would come when wearing a mask meant we cared about others. I never thought I would see the day when seeing someone without a mask would stir up such anger, but it does.

      Peace be with you too Eric. Stay safe in place.

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