Life in Lockdown - Day 3
In the UK, on the evening of Monday, March 23, 2020, a full country quarantine, with home lockdown, was announced by prime minister Borris Johnson of the United Kingdom in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the rate of spread of CoViD-19.
Now it’s up to us to do our part while trying to stay sane as we do. This is not a story, this is real life
It’s Thursday. Day 3 of the forced national quarantine.
Although my schedule has been similar to that of before the quarantine, the strange situation nevertheless provides fuel for an imaginative mind.
For example, I’ve recently been thinking back over the first 20 years of this millenium and I’ve come to the conclusion that, if I were devoutly religious, I’d be very frightened right now. Consider the following:
- 2000 – The millenium begins with a computer issue that could potentially have caused mass chaos
- 2001 – [war] The largest terrorist attack against the United States is carried out as Al Quaida takes control of, and flies several planes into the World Trade Towers in New York City. Over 3000 people lose their lives.
- 2003 – [war] The 2001 terrorist attack leads the U.S. to launch a war against Iraq that lasts over a decade and has devestating consequences for the country.
- 2003 – [pestilence] SARS, the first big new disease of the new millenium, and the first coronavirus we’ve seen in humans to any degree. It was contained without too much trouble, but still caused some chaos
- 2004 – [flood] Triggered by an underwater earthquake, a tsunami hits Indonesia causing massive damage and killing tens of thousands of people.
- 2005 – [flood] Hurricane Katrina devatates the American city of New Orleans in a way we hadn’t though possible. The government was unprepared and relief efforts were slow.
- 2008 – [famine] Global financial collapse due to mismanagement in America that bled over to other countries. It was disastrous for thousands, if not millions, of people around the world
- 2009 – [pestilence] Swine flu (influenze H1N1) breaks out in Veracruz, Mexico, spreading quickly around the world infecting up to 60 million people.
- 2010 – [war] The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ broke out with Arabic country after country across the Middle East and North Africa falling to violent civil unrest and in some cases war.
- 2011 – [storm] The worst tornado season in U.S. history devastated the mid-west.
- 2011 – [flood] An underwater earthquake triggers a tsunami that hits the Japanese coast resulting in massive damage, including the partial destruction of a nuclear power plant.
- 2011 – [war] The Syrian War started. A conflict that changed the face of Europe in the coming decade as it triggered a massive wave of migration both from refugees and African economic migrants.
- 2012 – [pestilence] MERS hits the middle east. It has a fairlly small scale but is the second coronavirus in a decade to attack us.
- 2014 -[war] Terrorist organisaztion ISIS declares a middle-easte caliphate.
- 2015 – [earthquake] A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal killing over 9000 people.
- 2017 – [storm] Hurrican Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico, including 300,000 homes.
- 2019 – [fire] Massive forest fires rage uncontrolled across Australia.
- 2019 – [pestilence] CoViD-19 begins infecting people in the town of Wuhan, China, leading to a global pandemic in early 2020. Countries close their borders as services are threated to be overrun and the economies take a downturn.
- 2020 – [pestilence] An immense swarm of locusts several times larger than the city of New York ravage Africa
As you can see, it’s already been a millenium of massive disasters of all types. Most of which might be called ‘acts of God. To top it off, there is at least one more act of God coming in the next decade that we will need to keep a close eye on:
The asteroid Apophis will be approaching Earth in April 13, 2029. It is projected to pass closer than many of our television satellites. Currently, astronmers don’t believe it has any chance of hitting the Earth, although 32,000 kilometers is incredibly close in astronomical terms.
With all these natural disasters piling on top of us (and I haven’t even mentioned several that Green activists would point out) it’s increasingly difficult not to think they’re leading to something. Or is that just my mind playing with me in these uncertain times?
What do you think?
Is it all just a large number of coincidental disasters that we know more about because of greater news coverage? Or do you think something might be worth having a look into? Join me on my facebook page and let me know your thougts and any disasters I’ve forgotten.