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How happy and free can you be if you are obsessed by fear?

We successfully navigate through varying degrees of risk to our health and well-being every day of our life. For instance, we could accidentally slip and fall down or get struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk or riding a bicycle. Stuff happens. It’s part of life. Nevertheless, the odds are in our favor that we will avoid such calamities and make it through each day unscathed and unharmed.

We form bonds and friendships through various means of communication. While many result from face-to-face verbal interactions, some are non-verbal, such as a handshake, a hug, or a kiss. We interact through shared activities such as attending church services, meeting at a bar or restaurant, swimming, dancing, singing, and playing or listening to music.

What does it do to a person’s sense of self-worth when those natural behaviors are deemed off-limits? Where is the joy in living and how do you feel about yourself and those whom you encounter? What happens when we become afraid of socializing with other people and withdrawing into our shells?

Imagine yourself being a young child of 5 or 6 years old and every adult who is introduced to you is covered with a face mask, including your parents and extended family members. Because of their face coverings, you are unable to make out their facial expressions to determine whether they are happy or sad. Speaking through their masks, their voices sound muffled, so you may are unable to clearly understand their speech. Conversely, you become frightened and disoriented when you meet a stranger who is not wearing a facial covering.

When our minds are paralyzed by fear and we are forced into an unnatural state of self-isolation, it can have a devastating effect, as noted by the following report:

Increased Suicides

Coronavirus: Suicide rate rises among schoolchildren and women during pandemic in Japan
Data offers early insight into mental health impact of pandemic
by Liam James | Independent UK
October 9, 2020

A rise in the number of suicides in Japan in August was fuelled by women and schoolchildren, data shows in an early glimpse of the mental health impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The data from Japan could offer a hint as to the damage to mental health being wrought by the pandemic around the globe. Latest government statistics show the total number of suicides across Japan in August was 1,854, a 15.4 per cent rise from the same time last year.

“And When I Die,” a well-known pop song from the 1960s composed by Laura Nyro and popularized by Blood, Sweat, and Tears, contains the following verse that stands in stark contrast to the constraints that are being placed on personal freedoms today:

Give me my freedom
For as long as I be
All I ask of livin’
Is to have no chains on me

Videos

The Peril of Buying the Big Lie (The Tale of Chicken Little)

The story of Chicken Little brilliantly summarizes the situation we find ourselves in today, providing a lens that can help interpret events that are happening right now. It’s a precautionary tale that the world needs to revisit and hear before it’s too late. The sky really IS FALLING and the foxes have cunningly set traps that are designed to enslave or kill large numbers of the population. Click the link below to watch the 1943 Walt Disney cartoon that conveys the Chicken Little story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnp4kj5lLOU

In the following two-minute video clip filmed inside a retail store (possibly CVS or Rite Aid), a brave and perfectly healthy woman stands up for her rights to not wear a face covering that would endanger her health by forcing her to rebreathe the waste products that she just exhaled.

Finally, as described in a Nov 27, 2020 post on Global News, legendary rockers Eric Clapton and Van Morrison recently collaborated to produce an anti-COVID lockdown song titled “Stand and Deliver.”

The blues-inspired track was written by Morrison in support of his Save Live Music campaign, and the song is performed by Clapton, and debuted online on Friday. Proceeds from the song will go to Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which helps musicians facing monetary difficulties due to the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions.
“Do you wanna be a free man/ Or do you wanna be a slave?/ Do you wanna wear these chains/ Until you’re lying in the grave?” Clapton sings on the track.

Watch and listen below:

Concluding Thoughts

Instead of listening to and following the ‘Chicken Littles’ of the world, begin conducting your own, independent research into matters of personal health. If possible, stop relying on the mainstream media to provide you with unbiased news reporting, as their advertising budget is heavily funded by the major pharmaceutical companies.

Do you value personal freedom more than fear?
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