Opinions Can Change

As ideas keep developing and “solutions” are implemented in response to the coronavirus, note that it is all being invented as we go through this pandemic. Whether it’s from research, radical thinking, or ignorance, it’s hard to understand what the correct and specific answers are for every situation.

You may think one thing. I may think another thing. An “expert” may suggest something else. Another “expert” may say something completely different. It can be very confusing to know what are actually the right things to do. And to make matters more complicated, we as a people are basically the test subjects as we either try our own ideas out or listen to what others are advising. And that can be scary because some “solutions” might lead to other problems. Some “solutions” might just be temporary bandages. Some “solutions” might not work for certain people. It’s not one size fits all.

So what is one to do?

I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to really be proactive with thinking. And flexible. Open. Understand that it’s okay to change your mind, continuously mold it, and reconfigure thoughts. Even everyday if you feel that will help you through these wild times. We may be the subjects in the laboratory of the world, but we can choose what experiments to participate in. We can also just observe. Study data, think of theories, offer options.

For instance, myself, early on I thought that everyone should get tested for COVID-19, whether one showed any symptoms or not, to actually know who has the virus and who doesn’t so we can work on containing it. But though I thought that way I didn’t get tested because I also thought that if everyone should get tested then governments, states, and countries should let everyone know and bring the steps that each person should take to each person’s doorstep. And with certain questions already answered, like whether there would be any costs involved, along with a phone number to call in case someone had more questions or wanted clarification on some things. But nothing of that nature came to my doorstep and I didn’t go out of my way to find out how to go about getting tested. And in retrospect I’m glad I didn’t.

Because later I found out that there was a chance that a lot of people got the virus because they went to get tested. At first that was confusing, but then it began to make more sense. Basically if you didn’t have symptoms, but decided to go get tested anyway, there was a pretty high chance you could’ve ended up getting the virus while you waited in a line with other people who actually had symptoms and the virus or by just being around infected people. That was pretty mind-blowing to think about. Did a “solution” like having everyone get tested so we can control the spread of the virus backfire to doing the opposite, where more people got infected and the virus grew bigger and more out of control than before? It seems like it, which is pretty crazy to even think about.

So my mind changed, I no longer thought that everyone should get tested. Instead I thought it was almost scary to get tested at all because of the possibility of getting infected while waiting in a line. But then some news surfaced stating something along the lines of people silently passing away in their homes. So it was time to adjust my thinking again.

My new thoughts were to not get tested if you don’t have any symptoms. If you have minor symptoms that you can handle then there is still no need to get tested, because you don’t actually know if you have the virus, plus the risk of possibly getting it while in a line waiting to get tested probably isn’t worth it if you have symptoms you can handle. But if you have severe symptoms then it’s worth going to get tested and maybe treated because the chances of you surviving are probably higher in a hospital than if you’re at home unattended.

And all this is just one example of how much a mind or way of thinking can change in a short period of time. Something like getting tested for COVID-19 being a “solution” for taming the virus no longer was as simple as just going to get tested and separating those who have it and those who don’t. Instead layers developed and the “solution” got more complex. And it continues to do so. A new understanding that I previously neglected is that apparently there are a limited number of tests available. I didn’t even consider that, nor think it was a thing. But looks like it is, so it should be added to the equation. And my mind is to readjust it’s thinking further.

Another example of a “solution” that has developed over a short period of time is social distancing. At first it wasn’t taken very seriously by some people, while others took it over the top. Where’s the balance? And in combination with social distancing was the “solution” of face coverings, which was pretty misunderstood early on. “Is it to stop me from getting the virus?” “Is it to not spread the virus onto other people in case I have it and don’t show symptoms?” “Do I have to cover my mouth and nose?” “Isn’t social distancing enough?”

Let’s go on a mind-changing mini roller coaster that someone may have experienced in regards to social distancing and face coverings. Maybe at first this someone thought social distancing was a joke and face coverings were not helpful. So this someone didn’t implement either. Then maybe this someone learned that certain regions of the world which didn’t believe in social distancing and face masks were beginning to experience coronavirus cases surge, while other regions which took those “solutions” seriously and enforced them strictly began to experience less cases. That might have led this someone to believe that social distancing and face masks work and they should be implemented at all times, by everyone. Maybe this someone even got passionate about these preventative measures. To the point where this someone started to get mad at people who didn’t practice them enough. And maybe one day this someone even confronted someone else in a park who was alone and asked what the deal was. And maybe that someone else had a face mask nearby, but was under the impression that if one can be alone, especially outside, then a face covering wasn’t needed. That might have adjusted this someone’s thinking. Because it made sense. Then maybe another interaction happened that further developed this someone’s mind. And as new data and research surfaces this someone’s thinking may continue to be tweaked and fine-tuned. And that’s okay. Good even.

The point I’m trying to make is that as new information keeps developing, as stories and statistics form, what makes sense and what’s right can change very easily and it’s okay to adapt to new information, take it in, and change your views for the better, even if you thought the opposite the other day. Opinions can change and that’s okay. Grow by learning and changing your mind if it makes sense. Think about what makes sense to you and why. Look at ideas, suggestions, “solutions” from a variety of angles. And understand that everything is being invented live, in real time.




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