Mother Nature is a harsh mistress…

Mother Nature is a harsh mistress: weakness and mistakes are immediately followed by severe crippling wounds.  I think the current COVID-19 situation proves this point perfectly.  The weakness and mistakes in this case were the actions taken to quarantine people needlessly, thus destroying the economy more effectively than any bad Wall Street decision ever could.  The severe crippling wounds – unemployment, business failure, bankruptcy and loss of homes – will be felt for years.

In the Middle Ages, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse represented the most common dangers facing the population:

  • Famine
  • Pestilence
  • War
  • Death

Famine and War have been pretty well managed in the modern age.  Death, of course, is still inevitable, and Pestilence has been, and will continue to be, a constant throughout human history.  To be practical, we’re going to replace two of the horsemen with more realistic current risks:

  • Politics
  • Pestilence
  • Bad Decisions
  • Death

Let’s start with Bad Decisions, the most avoidable horseman.  This would include things like:

  1. Texting while driving
  2. Having unprotected sex with an intravenous drug user
  3. Calling yourself an “Instagram Influencer” and wanting to post that photo on the edge of a cliff
  4. Doing the “Titanic Pose” (Emma Black from Plymouth, Devon, UK had been heavily drinking on a ferry from Spain to England when she plunged to her death in 2003. Apparently, her untimely death occurred after she stretched her arms out in the famous Kate Winslet pose from the Titanic movie. The pose caused Emma to lose her balance and fall from the ninth deck into the water.  Her body washed up on the French coast eight months later.)

Politics is the real danger these days.  Disconnected idiots are given a platform to make decisions and pronouncements that wreck economies, destroy businesses and spread unnecessary fear.  Inducing hysteria by telling people to “Flatten the Curve” is a perfect example of (possibly) well-meaning politicians wanting a simplistic answer to a complex problem.

Our old friend, the horseman Pestilence, pays us visits throughout our lifetime.  The head cold or stomach bug that makes its way through your office, or the annual seasonal flu, is Pestilence doing his thing.  Pestilence is Nature applying population control.  The weak, the sick and the old are taken out of rotation.  You don’t have to like it, but you may as well get used to it.  Occasionally, Pestilence is really on-game and throws a few years of Black Death, Spanish Influenza or Ebola into the mix.  Look at those figures and you realize that COVID-19 is no big deal.  The deaths related to COVID barely make a dent in the population, and is being so ridiculously over-hyped that one has to wonder why.

The horseman Death is always making his rounds.  In fact, let’s take a look at what goes on in a NORMAL day globally:

26,000 deaths per day from cancer

49,000 deaths per day from cardiovascular disease

4,400 deaths per day from diabetes-related complications

2,000 deaths per day from suicide

1,917 deaths per day from vector-borne (mosquitos, flies, etc.) diseases

1,270 deaths per day from homicides

378 deaths per day from snakebite (*This is considered an under-reported figure by WHO)

In fact, about 57,000,000 people die globally every year! Anyone who thinks that the world went about it’s business in perfect health lived in a fantasy.  The term infodemic has been coined from COVID-19, and is probably worse than the pandemic.

What would the right approach have been here?  Quite simple.  Advise the at-risk population to self-isolate with the appropriate precautions, and let the rest of the world maintain normal operations.  Let the virus run it’s course, bury the dead, and move on.  We prolonged the event through mass isolation, and caused more long-lasting damage than the virus itself would have.

As the great philosopher Benny Hill said, “Live every day as if it is your last, because some day you will be right.”


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April 25, 2020

I really like this entry!

You post facts that should awaken people.

April 25, 2020

Well 80 % of of people did continue working… it is the bars, some retail, and some service people not working….

April 25, 2020

@kaliko If you look at the unemployment filings, it’s a lot less than 80%.


April 25, 2020

@bedlamhillfarm not in my area…  maybe 70 but must of the places in Indiana are open


April 25, 2020

I like what you said here but one more thing should be added….This covid 19 is “just for now” and will not last forever.

April 25, 2020

@jaythesmartone Absolutely, but there will be another similar pandemic in the future.  We’ve pretty much botched the response to this one, but will people plan better for the next?


April 25, 2020


I know Canada will but not too sure about the USA especially if trump is president…..We can only hope and pray….But then that might not even work because he will fire the experts…..

April 25, 2020

@jaythesmartone The problem is that this is an international issue.  A country can’t make a plan in isolation.  And politicians certainly can’t be part of the planning.  Sadly, the WHO is a political body, not a healthcare organization.

April 26, 2020

The afflictions you mention are not contagious. I guess I don’t have to tell you that, since you’re a doctor and all.

April 27, 2020

@onlysujema If I throw in the statistic of 250,000 – 600,000 deaths annually from the seasonal flu, does that make you feel better?


April 29, 2020

@bedlamhillfarm Yes – thank you!  I can relax now.  🙂


June 18, 2020

I agree.  And what you’re saying is a good example of the objective way of looking at life or reality.  People do die every day.  I like to use my own example: I think that babies that are born horribly deformed and who will require enormous amounts of physical help and financial help should be allowed to die quietly, as their deformities will implement.  That being said, if my neighbor or friend had such a child, I would well understand the parents’ grief and doing battle to keep their baby alive, no matter what the future costs.  AKA the subjective view.

I feel the same about COVID-19.  It’s “nature’s” way of paring down the population and overpopulation is the bane of the planet.  However, old as I am, diabetic & asthmatic as I am, recently post-surgical as I am, and obese as I am, I don’t want to die & am doing everything in my power to avoid catching the damned thing.

The human condition: a study in conundrums.