When I read that there’s going to be a new virus that’s going to spread around the world, I was a little worried

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Of course I don’t know if that’s what this is.

But it’s got something to do with COVID. It can’t be anything else.

What else could it be?

I guess it could be from some sort of biological weapon –

You mean a really dangerous, contagious virus?! What the hell is this?

That was my reaction when I read that. Then I thought about it for a little
while longer.

But maybe it’s not even that. Maybe it’s just a really bad
pandemic like AIDS or even worse!

It could be. It could be some sort of weapon. It might be a virus
that’s airborne, like HIV.

I’ll bet that’s what they have to do to control people.

Then again, it could be something like the Spanish flu, which is usually
associated with flu-like symptoms, but is more spread by aerosol. That would
be very scary.

This is a virus, so what?

I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life, so I don’t know.
Anyway…

I’m not even worried about it!

You can’t be!

This is an important problem –

I know.

– we could be facing the end of civilization.

The most important problem.

I still don’t even know what should be at stake.

It’s all going to be fine.

But you know what’s going to happen?!

When I started this I was thinking we could maybe even save part of the
planet from the terrible effects of climate change.

Well, I don’t believe that.

Even if we can manage to stop global warming from happening, it’s going to
be too late to be able to save the planet!

Yeah, I know. There’s not really anything much we can do.

I mean, for the most part the atmosphere is basically fixed.

Even if we could stop it from changing at the molecular level, it’s always
going to be more than we can handle.

I think that’s the point.

If we keep being pessimistic, then we’ll end up with a bad future, which
isn’t what I want to happen! I mean, the future will be horrible, but it will
happen eventually. I mean it!

When we get back to civilization, everything will be fine! I think we have
too many worries. Worrying about the future is part of normal human behavior.
If we don’t worry, we won’t know how to solve the problem.

So we just have to sit back a bit, relax, and enjoy the coming years.

But to be honest…

I’m just not sure how we’re going to solve anything.

That’s why we need to talk about this stuff.

But not on the internet, okay? We don’t want random people talking about it
and telling all sorts of weird things.

Anyway, I don’t want to go into details about what we can do, because the
only thing we can do if we really want to make a change is political action.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, it just means finding a politician who
would be willing to do something and getting him elected.

In fact, that’s the best thing we can do.

We just have to stop being negative.

You know what would be the opposite of a nightmare?

An interesting, interesting thing.

That would be a nightmare, wouldn’t it?

Then again, that’s probably just something from the collective unconscious.

But anyway, I’m happy you asked me this.

I’ll answer the question you asked.

My opinion is that we need to be optimistic.

That’s what we’ve been told.

But that’s not what the world has seen.

Maybe we haven’t seen it, but it’s real.

So let’s just do our best to be positive.

We could even go even further and not think about other things.

We could just focus on what we want. We could just forget about the world
and just focus on making the best life we can make.

I’m not sure if this will get us anywhere, as our future seems pretty bleak.

But we can at least try.

So let’s just focus on the positive stuff.

I know that sometimes you’re not completely satisfied with the things
we’re doing.

Not necessarily.

Sometimes we feel like we haven’t been very effective.

But we need to keep working, because that’s the only way to do anything good.

But let’s get back to that.

Okay then, let’s try to be happy.

Or maybe not.

I mean, I’m not completely happy with what’s happening these days.

I’m not exactly happy with the government. Yeah, okay.

It’s just not a good time to be pessimistic.

You know what’s better than being happy?

I’ll tell you what’s better than being happy!

I’ll make you a deal!

I’ll be happy and tell you what’s better.

Deal!

Okay, I’ll do this.

Let’s just say this:

I’ll be happy with our country and just enjoy what we’re doing.

But what else are we going to do?

We can’t just sit back and do nothing, we can’t just be happy, we can’t just
be grateful. We need to do something.

I have to admit that I’m a bit scared of what this is going to bring.

I’m more scared of the things we can do than the things we’re doing.

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