Social Distancing

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There have been a lot of reactions to the worldwide spread of the Corona Virus. Some people have panicked and hoarded supplies. Some are still going out and partying like it doesn’t matter. And still others are getting in fights on Facebook with random strangers about the Orange Ape and his response to this pandemic.

His Noodliness obviously wants to you chill. He’s that kind of Pasta. He hopes you’ll stay inside and isolate until a vaccine can be developed, and He hopes you’ll wash your hands and do your best to slow the spread of the virus.

This isn’t going to be easy. Governments all over the world are reacting in different ways, and most of them have got some part of it wrong (except the USA, which has gotten every single part of this thing wrong.)

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Just remember:

1. Call, text, e-mail, or in some way message the people you love. Let them know that they matter to you. Say it now, in case now is all you have.

2. Have a discussion with someone you trust about what your wishes are. Being put on a ventilator is pretty horrible, and during CPR and other extreme measures that doctors might take, you are often aware and in a lot of pain. Talk to someone you trust about if you want extreme measures taken, or if you’d prefer to be kept comfortable once it gets that far.

3. Listen to the guidelines about washing your hands, keeping your distance from others, and sanitizing surfaces to avoid getting sick or spreading the virus.

4. Read The New Testament of The Flying Spaghetti Monster; Dinner 2.0 for free here. In it, His Noodliness talks about how important it is to take time for yourself in order to make art and reflect on life. Now is a good time to do that.

5. Form a union with your fellow workers, and refuse to go back to work until the billionaire class meet your demands for fair treatment.

This is a terrible time in many ways, but it’s also an opportunity. It’s a chance to tell people that you love how much they mean to you; and to make art and read and think about social justice. This is a chance to think about your life and what you want out of it. Take some time to meditate and relax, and think about how we could make societies better.

Finally, remember that most people are struggling. Some will own a home and have money and food, but many will not. This could get bad quickly if those without start killing those with too much. So, let’s all head that situation off by sharing what we have now. Don’t hoard toilet paper or face masks or food. If you have more than you need, share with someone who has less. If you have more money than you need, help someone who is unable to pay rent. Let’s share our resources and do our best to make sure everyone is taken care of.

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