This past spring while America was busy shopping for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and panicking at their shortages, TEOTWAWKI happened.
The End Of The World As We Know It arrived. It slipped right past us while we were all distracted, but make no mistake. We are unlikely as a country and a world to ever go back to “normal”. We aren’t going to turn a corner at some point and magically, it will be as though the pandemic never happened.
Who knew, back in January and February of 2020, that the coronavirus pandemic would be the TEOTWAWKI event that changed our world?
There has been an upheaval in virtually every aspect of our lives. New divisions now exist between people that didn’t exist in the “before time”. Authorities, both elected and unelected, have expanded their powers. Data has been skewed, misrepresented, and at times, falsified in order to maintain an official narrative, and in the meantime, a near-panic-level fear has drilled its way deep into the hearts and minds of millions.
We went from “slow the spread,” “wash your hands for at least 20 seconds,” to now, altering everything about our lifestyles as we wait for a vaccine, which may or may not ever come.
However, it turns out that this TEOTWAWKI event isn’t wholly negative and full of doom as many of us once believed.
Some commentators, James Altucher for one, have predicted that this huge societal reset gives us a chance to re-imagine and re-create something better than what existed before. Mike Cernovich described it as an “accelerator” – The pandemic has accelerated events that would have eventually happened but are now occurring within weeks rather than months or years.
Our public school system, medical treatment and consultation, family relationships, and businesses are just a few things that are being reset and accelerated.
Public education and TEOTWAWKI
Public education will never be the same. As we speak, thousands, maybe millions of parents across the country are taking control of their children’s education and are seeking to hire teachers and tutors directly.
Nebraska’s homeschool filings are up 21% from the same time last year, and in social media, parents are clamoring to find other like-minded families to create “homeschooling pods”. Here’s a quote from a now-viral Facebook post:
“If you are not a parent/in a mom’s group, you may not be aware that a kind of historic thing is going on right now.
This week there has been a tipping point in Bay Area families looking to form homeschooling pods. Or maybe “boiling point” might be a better term… Essentially, within the span of the last 48 hours or so, thousands of parents are scrambling through an absolute explosion of facebook groups, matchups, spreadsheets, etc. to form homeschooling pods.”
She adds, “This is maybe the fastest and most intense PURELY GRASSROOTS economic hard pivot I’ve seen.”
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Parents are learning about micro-schools and diving into homeschooling, even as teacher unions are making demands that might have made sense back in January but are now completely untethered to this new reality. A reality where millions of students and parents discovered the variety of options available and are continuing down that alternative path.
Yes, for public education, TEOTWAWKI is the new reality — the end of public education as we once knew it. There’s no putting the traditional public educational genie back in the bottle, ever.
TEOTWAWKI and the family — surprising results
Another positive result has been during the quarantine weeks, families discovered they quite like being at home together. A friend of mine living in Brooklyn was astonished by how well his family, including two teenagers, are getting along in their apartment, with only a nearby park available for outings and fresh air.
I read this quote from a mom who said, “It’s going to be very difficult to get back to normal because for the last eight weeks we’ve been having dinner together as a family, every single night. And for the previous 10 years, we never did that.”
Many families are facing dramatic financial hardships. I don’t want to minimize that, but at the same time, spending more time together and not less has resulted in, for many, strengthened family ties.
How the TEOTWAWKI event is affecting the medical and business worlds
The medical field is permanently changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Telemedicine is here to stay, convenient for patients and doctors alike. The countless billions of dollars being poured into coronavirus research is resulting in other medical advancements, and the virus has forced the medical industry to find new innovations and adapt.
Businesses, too, have found creative solutions to stay afloat and thrive. When I saw dozens of local restaurants begin offering family meals for pick-up during the quarantine, I said, “Bingo! They’ve found a need and are offering a solution.”
As well, companies needed to reassure both employees and customers that their health and safety were a top priority and rose to the challenge.
As of March, my husband is now the “coronavirus czar” at his place of business and is tasked to provide not only masks, gloves, and other PPE but introduce new processes and training as well.
Over 75% of business leaders in one survey believe the impact of the pandemic will last up to 4 years. It’s possible for businesses to grow and thrive, but it will be all about adapting and being creative and agile as our society continues to change and shift in unpredictable ways.
How do we move forward?
None of this is to say the pandemic hasn’t brought more than a fair share of hardships. Not every worker can work from home. Churches are facing mounting financial issues as fewer and fewer members can or will return to regular attendance and financial support. The travel and restaurant industries have been hit the hardest, and one prediction claims that up to 85% of all family-owned restaurants won’t survive the year.
So, TEOTWAWKI didn’t quite happen the way we expected, in a mushroom cloud or the infamous EMP. Instead, a pandemic changed our societal and cultural landscape permanently, both in subtle and monumental ways. The question we face is, what now?
Prepping is more important than ever but from my vantage point, surviving this newly precarious world includes the ability to quickly accept a rapidly changing reality and adjust accordingly. That’s the tricky part. Stocking up on food supplies and filling your pockets with Everyday Carry was easy. Adjusting your mindset, not so much.
The end of the world that we knew it happened, and now we each need to find a path forward.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree?