Today’s cartoon shows pretty much my own state of mind: cautious optimism in lockdown.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has “cautious optimism” about our ability to stamp out Covid-19 in New Zealand. By contrast, in other countries’ news outlets I’m seeing prematurely excitable headlines like this:
- How New Zealand kept the Covid-19 death toll at ONE
- New Zealand Whacks Covid-19.
No no no. Of course the world is hungry for good news but calm down, people. Do you know the saying, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? As children we saw broody hens sitting on eggs, and for all sorts of reasons, not all the eggs would hatch. Maybe none of them hatched, because they hadn’t even been fertilised.
Nobody knows what’s ahead in this Year of the Plague. We will do our best, and I’ll stick with cautious optimism in lockdown.
As an old person, one of my blessings is a kind of metabolic or chemo-electrical placidity. It’s not positive or negative. It takes a lot to get me agitated (although sometimes I scream at a news item of intense evil). It’s acceptance, realism, and bears a strange resemblance to happiness.
Stay safe in this strangest of holiday seasons.