Inquiry: They shouldn’t cry wolf

They shouldn’t cry wolf. (About the Mexican swine flu.)

  1. True?
    No. But it comes up now and then, as a feeling.
  2. Sure it is true?
    No. Just an opinion.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I get annoyed that they make it into a bigger issue than it needs to do.
    • I tell myself I know and they don’t. (The ones who over-dramatize it, in my stories.)
    • I go into stories supporting my initial stories.
      • People die of flu all the time, and there is no indication that this one is significantly more dangerous than the average flu. Only a dozen people are confirmed dead from this flu in Mexico, and that is right there in the expected range for any flu. (They used inflated death numbers in the beginning, which triggered over-dramatization, and it is living its own life now even after the numbers have been adjusted down.)
      • Over the years, far more people die from regular flu than from the flu epidemics that gets more attention.
      • Some folks talk as if this could be the Spanish flu all over again, while the situation is entierly different now. Our general health, medications and preparedness is at a very different level.
      • There are flu medications that work very well for this particular flu, so what’s the big deal? (Unless you live in a poor country of course, and it is appropriate to send medical personnel and medicines there as needed.)
      • Egpytian officals are crazy for planning to kill all pigs in the country. It makes no sense from any perspective. This flu may have transmitted from one pig to one human at one particular time in the past, most likely in Mexico, but it is now transmitting among humans. Pigs have nothing to do with it at this point. They may as well decide to stand on one foot and touch their nose, that would be about equally effective.
      • Over-dramatizing the situation may create more problems than the flu itself. Just look at the economic impact on Mexico from closed businesses and reduced tourism and visitors.
      • Crying “wolf”  over a particular strain of flu virus that is likely not that dangerous may make it more difficult to get people’s attention when it is really needed.
      • Also, it masks issues that are far more important and deserve far more of our attention than it receives. (Toxins in water and air, treatable diseases in poor countries that kills millions, the social/environmental effects of corporate globalization and so on.)
    • When did I first have that thought? Probably in middle- and high-school when I became aware of how media and others overdramatize some situations while ignoring situations that really deserves our attention. (According to my stories.)
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Clear. Receptive. Curious.
    • Easy to acknowledge that it may be appropriate since none of us knows how it will develop in the future. Better to be cautious.
  5. Turnarounds
    • They should cry wolf.
      • Yes, they do what seems appropriate them.
      • Media may do it to get readers/viewers, which is their job.
      • It shifts peoples attention to health in general and disease prevention in particular, which is a good thing. (For instance, I am taking the opportunity to learn more about how to boost my immune system and ward off viral infections, including through taking some extra herbs and spices: a little more echinacea, adding a good dose of cayenne, and continuing the general adaptogens eleuthero and rhodiola as before.)
    • I shouldn’t cry wolf.
      • Yes. I am the one crying wolf about them, when I believe the initial story. Much better to take a level headed approach, acknowledging the validity of both sides and supporting precautions without drama.

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