On the planet Earth, if there is any viable solution to the Big Four—those would be horsemen climate change, emerging diseases, pollution, and depletion—it's regenerative agriculture (as part of a broad, circumspect permaculture).
But no part of that solution is here, in, for example, my own current location, Beverly Hills. I moved into this rental apartment in 2015 in the belief that it would be a more lucrative location in which to start a business, the private practice I started in January 2017. Had I stayed in Mar Vista, or even Culver City, I'd be in much better shape now (I would also have probably made more money in the meantime, not least because BH charges between $1.5k and $2k per year just to do business in the city). But I'm grateful to have done the work I've done here, which continues, for now, though at a diminished rate and volume.
For the time being, I believe I have food adequate for either roughly 3 weeks or 4 months, depending on whether some online, non-Amazon orders are indeed delivered within the 3 weeks or so.
Thereafter I know not what will be the case, so I've little idea of what to do. Were things to deteriorate steeply in the meantime, I'd eventually be forced to drive elsewhere, no doubt among millions of likeminded persons, some benevolent and some ruthless, in search of better conditions.
That would be, for each of us who found the Self in that situation, the end of social distancing.
Disclaimer: I still know very little about the virus; my reading on it so far has been (strangely) limited. That said, if the virus infects 80% of the USA; and 20% of those infected need hospitalization; and 70% of them need it too quickly for the system to accommodate; and roughly 10% to 13% of those people perish, that’s:
x 80% infected =
264,000,000 people infected
x 20% need hospitalization =
52,800,000 people need hospitalization
x 10 to 13% die (either for lack of adequate hospitalization or despite it) =
5,280,000 people die.
5,280,000 dead is 1.6% of 330,000,000 Americans.
SO, if and when one finds oneself running out of food while in self quarantine, past the point where alternative supply strategies have failed, the logic might run something like this:
Since the odds of any one of us dying of the coronavirus is—according to these numbers I pulled out of my ass---less than 2%, and since you can’t stay home forever and starve if you’re in a place without food security, all you can do is roll the dice on going somewhere else. One of the goals is to stave off such an eventuality until the point, perhaps years in the future, perhaps much sooner, when the authorities say social distancing no longer provides benefits, or is no longer necessary.
The forces arrayed against us would appear to include:
- the CORVID19 virus itself
- its impact on the economy, especially food security
- potential escalation of lawlessness and crime
- potential dangers of martial law and authoritarianism
- potential civil unrest toward political revolution
Tune in next time, when I figure it all out and make a violin out of a toothpick.
Stay strong, you sexy fools.