When you get in your car, are you afraid of dying?
Do you sometimes choose to stay home and not go to the grocery store or work because of your increased risk of death by vehicle accident?
Why not? The statistics are staggering.
- 6 million car accidents a year, over 16,000 per day!
- Up to 50 million people injured or disabled
- over 3,000 deaths every day.
So how do you explain the huge percentage of people who know texting and driving increases that risk factor exponentially but still text and drive?
How many people do you think were texting and driving on the way to the grocery store to wipe out the shelves of toilet paper and hand sanitizer and selling all of their stocks and causing the biggest market crash in 30+ years.
OK, what about the flu statistics?
51 million people infected, up to 55,000 deaths.
Yes, the early statistics of rapid world infection rates and potential for higher than the average mortality rate of Covid-19 and other factors make it a legitimate world threat.
But does anyone fear the everyday ways that will kill more people than a single virus?
Obesity is the 5th leading risk of death in the world affecting 1.4 billion people.
But how good does that large pizza and double-double with fries and a shake taste when you are jonesing for some junk food?
Ever fear the slow death from too many cheeseburgers and milkshakes?
You are one of nearly 8 billion people on the planet. And I’ve got one last statistic to share
100% of all people on the planet cycle off the planet within 100 years, most much sooner.
My 401K is getting slaughtered and I can’t find a damn roll of toilet paper in town for only one reason, because people are freaking out — STOP IT!
How about we start freaking out on how to live our best life today instead of fearing how we might die tomorrow
We live our lives bravely in defiance of things trying to kill us every day; Freeways, weather, criminals, household accidents, meteors, earthquakes, animals and many more.
It is a dangerous world, why does this virus belong in a special fear folder in our minds?
I propose that it doesn’t. Just add this to the list of things that you already cope with every day and let’s get back to normal life.
Sure, that may mean we need to stay indoors and miss out on a few basketball games; is that worth crashing world financial markets?
If you wanted something legitimate to worry about, especially if you haven’t given it any thought before now, this might be a great time to consider where you will spend eternity.
We are going to spend MUCH more time there than we are here.
The answer to that one question has the power to ease nearly all of the fears that you may be burdened with today.
I’m just saying…
My point exactly. – https://wordpress.com/post/seekingdivineperspective.com/986
As to your questions about people continuing to engage in risky behavior (texting and driving, overeating, etc.) I would guess it’s the “not-gonna-happen-to-me” syndrome. Death happens to other people.
I would go so far to say that the corona virus will NOT increase the death rate. It always was and will always be one per person. The real question to ask is, THEN WHAT?