I’ve had quite a lot of feedback from both readers, subscribers, family members, and more about my most recent post on Ebola.
I was at first taken back with some of the feedback. Some were from both sides of the gambit. e.g., “I never thought about it in those terms or scenarios…” where others said, “Just what we need more gasoline on an already controlled fire…”
The more I thought about it, I could see where many were coming from. And many were valid criticisms too a point. However, many of the criticisms I found when talking to a few people were based on what they read in about the first 25% of the article.
As soon as the read the example I used involving a “nuclear power plant’s control room” they basically didn’t read any further into it and more or less just skimmed, while noticing I used other examples such as “medications” “police” and others which they immediately inferred that I was (to use an example) “nothing more than flame-throwing.”
I can understand why one might skim for it was nearly 2500 words and was basically me thinking out loud on a very important issue. And for those that have been visiting this blog for a while have come to know – this is where I don’t hold back. Here, I’m unfiltered.
Whether that’s for good or bad can only be judged by you. I tend to say what others wont, and look at business in ways others not only wont, but many will refuse to.
Again, at least one knows where I stand and too me – that’s really all that matters.
But let me get back to this post and why I wrote it as to explain something that’s very hard at times to express unless one has actually been through it.
First: No one ever thinks bad things will happen. It’s part of human nature. And in many ways it’s one of our greatest attributes of being human. If we didn’t have any trust. Or, if we thought every move would land one into jail, court, a hospital, ________ (fill in the blank) we’ld never do anything. Period.
Yet, too not look at events and understand just how fast something can turn around along with the implications for that as far “as you were concerned would never effect you,” or happens to someone else or else where. Let me give you just one small example where one would think: “C’mon that will never happen to me!” For I once felt the same way – till many of them did.
I know some are aware but for those who may be new September 11th is a little more personal in nature for me. Many don’t remember things like that weren’t supposed to happen especially after all the “security” measures instituted after the first Trade Center bombing and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Then to find out not only does it happen, but one of your friends is on the first plane to strike the towers. It changes the way you look at things forever.
Another: The Occupy movement takes hold. As I wrote in an article before Zuccotti Park even took hold or was even mentioned as a movement I warned of the potential dangers a business could find themselves in. Then suddenly businesses found themselves in situations that crippled many. And some never recovered from the loss of revenue because they were basically shut down for no one could (or wanted to ) get through the protesters to conduct business at their locations.
Then: it is me that receives a phone call from my wife as she is being evacuated out of her office building because of a bomb threat. The building (which just happened to be a banking building but my wife was working for a totally different company that was also a tenant) was being protested by an Occupy movement. 1000 miles away from what every one is watching take place at Zuccotti.
Receive a phone call from your loved one as they’re being evacuated for fear of their lives in a building 1000 miles away from New York and Zuccotti Park but being protested in solidarity and: It changes the way you look at things forever. (You can read my real-time thoughts here.)
Those are just two which I hope helps one to understand why I look at things the way I do. I’ve had more experiences in life which at times makes me sit and question as I stare into the sky: “Are you giving these examples on purpose? Or am I just extremely lucky/unlucky? Because I don’t know anyone else even close that can share such stories!”
I truly believe this whole Ebola crisis could take a turn for the worse. However, I am fully aware – we just don’t know. And that is fine. Yet, acting like it can’t with something that has the potential to alter a landscape just a rapidly as waking and finding your country has gone too war – is ludicrous.
You don’t wait till you hear the bombs dropping, or soldiers fighting in your streets to then make plans. If you’re paying attention to the right things you quietly but decisively construct plans and make adjustments, so that if a worse case scenario rears its ugly head one at least has the opportunity to react proactively. Rather than being caught flat-footed.
To end this discussion let me give you the gist of one conversation that I had. This person in an attempt to knock me back on my heels stated: “And what did you do or think when the Avian flu was posing a threat? How did that all work out? All you types were scare mongering around and come to find out all the protocols they put in place worked. This will probably end the same way. Much to do about nothing”
He was my response: “You have a point and you’re also making my point. For I’m not sure by what you just said that you know, all those protocols that were put in place as to quench something like this before it starts has been reported by many media outlets they were either rescinded or they are just no longer in place. That’s why I’m more nervous than I was before.”
Here’s the PDF file pandemic-influenza-implementation for those wanting more info. Or wanting to judge for themselves.
And one last thing: No one wants to be more wrong than I do. Believe me.
© 2014 Mark St.Cyr