I checked some tulips on 1 and 2 April and they were still wrapped up tight from the cold.
Me, I’m just sitting and wondering about the future. My entire career was based on changes to meet and survive the future and the development of alternative strategies for preparedness. At first it was about the military’s needs for future warfare and now, I don’t know. I’m trying to spend some time thinking and researching about the world’s future after we get past the worst of this pandemic. There is no doubt that prior to this pandemic many countries were in deep debt. Now with the economic “near all stop” that most countries are undergoing, the future debts are going to be unimaginable. We could come out of this time in worse shape than after WWII.
It could be worse than WWII, not because of the debt or the loss of life, but because of the vast partisan divide between political parties and the vast expanse between the impoverished masses and the top one percent with vast wealth. I’m trying hard to not let my mind drift to considering the ultimate worst case scenarios, but it is getting harder to do that. In the meanwhile, I’m trying to sit tight and not go there, but with daily growing concerns about the kinds of changes that are required.
While staying in, I got curious about what I could see with weather cams. I took a look at the one overlooking the Hanover, PA square and captured two images from the weather cam. I then resized them and applied a little processing. The first image was made between 1 and 2 pm on 31 March, and the second image was made after midnight on 1 April 2020 when it rained.
I took a short walk yesterday. It was colder and windier than I like for photography. The trees are blooming and the grass is greening up, but it definitely didn’t feel like spring to me. I used the 70mm prime Pentax lens for its colors and to compress the composition.
While I have been staying away from people for a month, and have been watching the progress and the impact of Covid-19 since December, I have started thinking about what comes next after I’m willing to associate with people up close, which probably won’t be any earlier than first of June, and maybe later than that.
This will end, but it will be a long time, if ever, that things will be the same again. If nothing else, we probably will never recover from the financial impact and the enormous debt that we have built up since the start of Trump’s administration. My assumption based on watching Japan for many years, is that they will just not pay any attention to the debt. That can work for a while, but eventually there will have to be some form of reset or day of reckoning. At the minimum we will need to change our tax and budget system to keep the debt from rising anymore, and put off, maybe for the rest of our lives, major new personal acquisitions. For most of us it will mean turning the clock back and living with less consumption.
The real question is how much will we change in the future? How many businesses will change? Will we rely more on digital ordering, with fewer physical stores and restaurants? I image that we will, but to what extent. Will we start paying more attention to science, the climate, our natural resources, our medical system, preparedness for the next major shocks to our system, etc.? I certainly hope so. In my thinking, I think we need to pay more attention to our infrastructure, medical, and self reliant systems, and a lot less consumption of less necessary things. One question is how will we reduce our consumption? Do we really need gold-plated toilets, new fancier phones or cars or computers or cameras, to travel, etc.? Maybe our choices relative to consumption will be made for us due to lack of things to buy or do.