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Thank You, Covid.

Respond to an apocalypse with gratitude.
Thank You, Covid.

"I'd invite you to explore this piece with an open mind. To listen from the heart for the energetic imprint being conveyed here beyond the words themselves. Written with love. 💛"

🙏🏻 Thank you, Covid.

Thank you for illuminating our widespread complacency.

Thank you for bringing to light the inadequacy of our institutions.

Thank you for highlighting the incompetency of our leadership and governments.

Thank you for surfacing the limitations of modern science.

Thank you for making us confront the reality of mortality.

Thank you for showing us the meaninglessness of most work.

Thank you for reminding us of what is truly important.

Thank you for bringing about an apocalypse, literally the ‘great revealing’ — so that we might truly understand that the armageddon, the ‘end of days’, is at our doorstep. We have been sleepwalking towards armageddon for some time now. A thorough and complete reawakening is needed. Thank you for taking on that responsibility.

Thank you for shaking us out of the collective trance we have been in.

Thank you for helping us see how powerful the individual is, and how much dedicated groups are capable of.

Thank you for demonstrating the true power of nature.

Thank you for teaching us how to live, how to love, and how to act.

Thank you for allowing us to sharpen our skills of sense-making, crisis management, and collective action – vital skills as the human collective moves forward.

Thank you for being a mirror. Showing us just how sick we already were, and have been for quite some time now.

Thank you for pushing us to adapt and evolve.

Your message has been heard.

Your wisdom received gratefully.

We will come back stronger. We will move gracefully but deliberately towards a new future. A united future. A healthy future. A happy future.

Thank you, Covid. You have taken time, comfort, and lives from the human collective, but in return have given us strength, awareness, and a chance at a more beautiful future.

Thank you, Covid. 🙏🏻


🧐 Exploring this Essay

🙏🏻 Thank you, Covid. | If you cannot be grateful for all of your experience, you cannot be grateful for any of your experience. This is an essential point. Hard to put into practice, but fortunately the world has provided the perfect opportunity for this training.

Thank you for illuminating our widespread complacency. | If anything, Covid has illuminated how much of our lives we have outsourced. How much power we have surrendered. How complacent the masses have become. An absolute inability, rooted in complacency and lack of self-responsibility, meant no community support groups were made, fingers pointed endlessly outward, blaming everyone and anyone available, except ourselves.

Thank you for bringing to light the inadequacy of our institutions. | Broad institutional decay has been underway for decades, but Covid brought to light how serious of a problem this is. Healthcare, government, supply chains, communities, religions. All of the institutions were unable, unwilling, or unaware of what to do and how to help. Recognizing the problem is the first step to solving it.

Thank you for highlighting the incompetency of our leadership and governments. | Politicians are good at one thing: politics. They have little real-world experience, have done little of meaningful significance, and certainly have little expertise in any consequential domain that governments operate within. Those tasked with orienting nations are incapable and incompetent and impotent to do this. Covid surfaced this with crystal clarity, and it will be an important obstacle for us to overcome moving forward.

Thank you for surfacing the limitations of modern science. | The short half-life of scientific truth/facts. The absolute double-take on the lab leak hypothesis. The fallacy of surface-born transmission. Single, double, triple masking. Covid brought to light the true attitude of science, that of an ongoing exploration, a discussion. This is a significant moment for the evolution of the consciousness of humanity.

Thank you for making us confront the reality of mortality. | Modern society has a terrible, troubled relationship to death. I've written about this before. Finally, we might begin to have a more holistic, mature conversation about the reality of mortality and how to relate to death.

Thank you for showing us the meaninglessness of most work. | This speaks for itself. The insufferable tedium of work culture, the rigidity and stupor of managerial culture. Many potent gems surfaced for culture as it relates to work.

Thank you for reminding us of what is truly important. | Fundamental freedoms, family, community, expression, playfulness, peace. All internal states, internal modes of Being, were highlighted as the most essential, and the most in needed of sacred advocation.

Thank you for bringing about an apocalypse, literally the ‘great revealing’ — so that we might truly understand that the armageddon, the ‘end of days’, is at our doorstep. We have been sleepwalking towards armageddon for some time now. A thorough and complete reawakening is needed. Thank you for taking on that responsibility. | The apocalypse is not a devastation. It is a mirror, a revealing of the truth of reality. As we've just explored, Covid has done this on several fronts. As far as apocalypses go, Covid did a beautiful job. It highlights that the real end of days, the Armageddon, is upon us, through civilizational collapse and climate change. It may have come right on time, to provide the alarm that was needed.

Thank you for shaking us out of the collective trance we have been in. | Sleepwalking towards armageddon, stupefied by the trance of infinite economic growth, is the state of humanity right now. Covid has shaken most of this up, though not quite. Many still await the 'return to normal' which cannot happen. Far more radical, far more sustained change is required, as normal was and is the problem.

Thank you for helping us see how powerful the individual is, and how much dedicated groups are capable of. | For those who tracked these developments, who created safe spaces and who rose to the call of steward, shepherd, and space holders through this – we are reminded of the power of the individual, and the truly unstoppable force of dedicated groups of these individuals.

Thank you for demonstrating the true power of nature. | Humanity's ego is a massive bubble, some of this has been popped. Nature is the almighty, the truly archetypal force of creation and destruction. Humanity's hubris has been partially reconciled, and humility is also a necessary precursor to radical identity-level change.

Thank you for teaching us how to live, how to love, and how to act. | A return to the Being-mode, to heart-centered action, and the return to community has occurred. This is an opportunity to practice, to re-learn the Ways of Being that have been lost. It is the early stage, but for the willing students, class is in session.

Thank you for allowing us to sharpen our skills of sense-making, crisis management, and collective action – vital skills as the human collective moves forward. | Despite being unpracticed and largely unskillful, we have started to take corrective action – to learn and implement the core skills the human collective will need to address and mitigate the end of days upon us.

Thank you for being a mirror. Showing us just how sick we already were, and have been for quite some time now. | Humanity was sick before Covid. The unhealthiest population globally that has ever existed. More suicides than at any other point in history. Hatred, vitriol, and division are normal and accepted ways of acting. Covid has served as nothing more than a sacred mirror, highlighting the true psycho-spiritual illnesses that need healing.

Thank you for pushing us to adapt and evolve. | Most of us don't change until we're forced to. The mid-life heart attack, the unexpected divorce, the examples are endless. Covid was the collective forcing function required to spark collective action to manifest a world truly worth thriving within.

Your message has been heard. | Some of us have our ears to the ground, we're listening, we're watching, and we're ready to act. We have heard the messages, thank you for raising the signal to a level we could collectively hear ringing through the noosphere.

Your wisdom received gratefully. | Wisdom is available in any moment, from any experience, and we have received this. We can see the problem landscape more clearly, we have glimpsed the actions and ways of being that will resolve this, and will work to embody this awakening as we move forward.

We will come back stronger. We will move gracefully but deliberately towards a new future. A united future. A healthy future. A happy future. | All evolution requires friction. We have been humbled, but a spark has been lit. An anti-thesis arose to the original thesis of modern civilization, and we are prepared to move forward and rise into a higher-order synthesis. Thank you for holding the energetic balance of a strong anti-thesis for us.

Thank you, Covid. You have taken time, comfort, and lives from the human collective, but in return have given us strength, awareness, and a chance at a more beautiful future. | Humanity is a long-game, an infinite game, though we have been shaken, this will catalyze a radical transformation in the collective that will lead us towards far more beautiful and holistic futures.

Thank you, Covid. | If you can't be grateful for all of your experience, you can't be grateful for any of your experience. If you pay attention, if you inquire deeply, you can always find the seeds of gratitude and wisdom planted in all of existence.