Why Itโ€™s OKAY To Not Know! #COVID-19

๐Ÿšจ ๐๐‘๐„๐€๐Š๐ˆ๐๐† ๐๐„๐–๐’!!! ๐Ÿšจ

Have you ever seen those headlines in the news that say โ€œDeveloping Storyโ€ or โ€œBreaking Newsโ€? ๐Ÿšจ

๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ.

Say for example thereโ€™s an ongoing hostage situation or a reported shooting at a nearby mall. ๐Ÿ˜จ

In the case of a Developing Story, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ญ. ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒŸ Therefore, as an audience member, we cannot assume everything the news is sharing will be entirely accurate. ๐ŸŒŸ

Because itโ€™s a Developing Story, some of what they report may just be pure speculation or interviews from witnesses that may not be very reliable. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Itโ€™s only when the situation has finally settled that the news can finish gathering all the details to compile the most accurate picture of what actually happenedโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿšจ ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—, ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ! ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ! ๐Ÿšจ

The problem is some of us are treating this situation as if it’s already settled. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Weโ€™re using the limited pieces of information weโ€™ve been given and using it to make huge assumptions with absolute certainty about whatโ€™s happening right now and what will be happening in the future. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

๐–๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ง๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐ŸŒŸ Just like a Developing Story, things initially reported may need to be corrected, adjusted, or even retracted for greater accuracy. ๐ŸŒŸ

The problem is some of us are arguing like we’re witnesses over what we saw in the sky: “A bird!” “A plane!” “No, it was Superman!”

We may have little evidence to say it was Superman, yet some of us are absolutely insisting it was. ๐Ÿ˜…

But I get it! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Thereโ€™s a ton of Uncertainty right now, and for those of us that are extremely uncomfortable with all this Uncertainty a part of us is clawing to get back to Certainty again, back to a place where things make more sense, and it will do so whether that means embracing the next conspiracy theory or the next Opinion article it reads online (โ€œ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›! ๐Ž๐Ÿ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง!โ€). ๐Ÿ“ฐ

As we did the past year and a half, weโ€™re going to get EVEN MORE information on COVID-19 in the near future. In turn, weโ€™re going to get into EVEN MORE arguments with people online about this newly discovered information. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ!

Itโ€™s almost seems like the fanboy mentality every time a new Star Wars story comes out: thereโ€™s an aggressive debate among hardcore fans on whether the story is canon or not, whether the writer or director did the work justice, etc.

Itโ€™s less about finding the truth and more about endless self-righteous arguing that doesnโ€™t really go anywhere! ๐Ÿ˜…


It definitely does! Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m not saying we canโ€™t have civil discussions about it or be up-to-date on the latest information. ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒŸ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ. ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿค” Why should we spend so much of our time and energy fighting over information which may not even be accurate a week from now?

๐Ÿค” Why should we spend so much of our time and energy thinking about the best decision the government should make when ultimately this decision is outside of our control?

If a group of children decided to debate the ethics on whether a parent should give them cookies despite not eating their vegetables youโ€™d think thatโ€™s silly, right? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Itโ€™s not just because most children donโ€™t study Ethics, but because regardless of their debate it doesnโ€™t change the fact the parents are the authority figures who will ultimately be making the final decision! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words, ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ .

Iโ€™m not an infectious disease expert. Iโ€™m not an epidemiologist. Iโ€™m not an economist. I may even be reading some of the studies and data I see incorrectly. I may even need to educate myself on how to properly read them! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

The point is Iโ€™m not an expert, and I wonโ€™t claim to be. Quite frankly, Iโ€™m an idiot a lot of the time and just do my best not to be seen as one on social media! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Because at the end of the day, itโ€™s okay for us to say: โ€œI donโ€™t knowโ€. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Itโ€™s okay for us to defer the complex understanding of infectious diseases to experts like Dr. Fauci who has studied them for ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ. I have not, and to pretend like I have would be to be willfully ignorant of what I donโ€™t know! ๐Ÿ‘

Again, Iโ€™m an idiot too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Itโ€™s okay for us to embrace the Uncertainty of Life! ๐Ÿ˜„

If you wonโ€™t give yourself permission, consider this post my permission for you! โค๏ธ

Iโ€™m nervous about the future too. Iโ€™m nervous about whatโ€™s going to happen too. But what I do know, at least for now, is the simple fact that I donโ€™t really know.

And thatโ€™s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

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