When leaders say: “it will get worse before it gets better” they are dooming all of society. When the citizens hear this, they begin to anticipate that ‘it has to get worse before it can get better’. They begin to feel like they’re stuck in a time warp—while at the same time hoping—for the inevitable to arrive already, so that they can get on with their lives. Why would anybody want the worst-case scenario? The reason this phenomenon occurs, is because people are intrigued and addicted to suspense and mystery movies. Their curiosity causes them to be on the edge of their seats while waiting for a resolution or catastrophe. I know—I’m guilty of this also, because every evening, I tune into the news report, so that I can keep track of the body count. But in retrospect, it doesn’t make any sense to me, shouldn’t I be doing my best to manage the crisis, in order to reduce the casualties? So, I’m suggesting we change our viewpoint and become more optimistic with our expressions. We should instead become prophets of encouragement and say: “we shall overcome, and we will get through this—together!”

By: ElRoy 2020

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