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Mitigate Pandemics Through A Unified System: A Global Solution By Theofilos Chaldezos - Essay

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

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by Theofilos Chaldezos

Mitigate Pandemics Through A Unified System:

A Global Solution

Isn’t it disappointing that despite pandemics occurring in the past, [1] governments seem to have learned very little? [2] Events that can be trapped early appear to be left to chance. [3] What is happening?

Well, what we are seeing is the collateral damage caused by the pursuit of misplaced happiness.

Artificial scarcity in the form of misinformation–planned and perceived obsolescence [4] along with insecurity — allows a mindset of hoard, withhold, and deprivation [5] to develop. This scarcity-based mindset seems to me to reinforce the age-old pursuit of happiness. The classic rat-race to accumulate property, wealth, and power. Not global well-being.

We have inherited the rules of the game that perpetuate and support the current system. I remember reading in the book, “The Mind in the Making” by James Harvey Robinson,

In every age, the prevailing conditions of civilization have appeared quite natural and inevitable to those who grew up in them. The cow asks no questions as to how it happens to have a dry stall and a supply of hay. The kitten laps its warm milk from a china saucer without knowing anything about porcelain. The dog nestles in the corner of a divan with no sense of obligation to the inventors of upholstery or the manufacturers of down pillows. So we humans accept our breakfasts, our trains and telephones and orchestras, and movies, our national Constitution, our moral code and standards of manners, with the simplicity and innocence of a pet rabbit.

Critical thinking [6] is a prerequisite for a better world. I don’t mean overriding suspicion or over-interpreting evidence. We must aim for coherence while being receptive to evidence and view the system with a healthy level of skepticism. I mean scientific evidence, not anecdotal evidence. Anecdotal evidence [7] has its place but it’s weak and can be dangerous and, in most cases, misleading. They can be convincing when they start using scientific jargon and a testimonial from a so-called scientist but it takes scientific literacy (meaning having a well-versed interdisciplinary background in this and related fields) to see through the smoke and mirrors. Why would they use smoke and mirrors? Because business is exceptional in the pool of ignorance.