COVID-19 is real, it’s here, and you can navigate this crisis. The coronavirus is a serious threat that could be very disruptive to our society, especially the global supply chains and economy and our place in it, but the virus itself appears to be something we can survive if we take the appropriate preventive measures. I’ve been answering individual questions about this outbreak for a while, but at this point I think it would just be easier to drop all my thoughts in one place. So like my good friend, author, and fellow pandemic hawk Steven Konkoly laid out with his COVID-19 Primer, here is my take on the way forward regarding the coronavirus.
In this video, the posited question is what if there was no more oil? What would happen if the world ran out of oil? At that point, the real question would be how long the hyper-complex systems that make the ‘American way of life’ possible could hold together before the whole thing came spinning apart and we were facing an actual cascading collapse scenario…failure of the just in time delivery system, failure of the municipal water treatment plants, economic collapse due to a crashing stock market, depression due to job lay offs and business closures, failure of the electric grid due to a collapse of coal deliveries, disintegration of the mega farms due to a lack of fuel to run the large machinery and a halt in feed deliveries. I could go on.
Heroes do not always wear a uniform. They reveal themselves in times of emergency and the reality is they come in all shapes and sizes. We often call these unseen heroes Nation Makers. People that saw a need in their community and have taken it upon themselves to do something and help to make the world, no matter how broken and lost, the type of world they want to see.
I have no doubt that most of you are aware that wildfires raged across eastern Tennessee earlier this week decimating Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas along the way. These fires are not the only ones that have been burning across the southeast in recent weeks, but the they are the first to directly impact large and heavily populated cities. The mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia are an outdoor lover’s playground throughout the year. If you live in the region, you have probably visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of their people. We grew up just a few hours away and visited often, never minding the ride to get there, but rather enjoying the magnificence of the view throughout the trip and we always felt right at home once we arrived. It is for this reason and many others that this disaster is personal for us and we wanted to do whatever we can to help.