Coronavirus shuts down my world – how is yours?
Do you want the bad news or the very bad news? This is how it looks to me on the planet right now. I don’t know how things are looking on your side of the planet but here in sunny South Africa we are collapsing. And here in my world – on planet Bitcoin Babaji – income has dried up, the pandemic #Covid-19 has shut down the schools, and my income stream. I’m sitting at home with no work, no money coming in, no money left in the bank, and now the global digital currency and commodity markets are crashing. My savings are evaporating into moon dust.
So I won’t be writing more sunny seaside holiday posts today, with all this fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). The country is going through a shutdown. The planet is going through a shutdown, my brain and creative inspiration... Well not shut down just yet. Here we are writing the good write, write on, write the wrongs, sing my songs, yes I will.
No work for months now. Maybe two weeks so far this year, which is 10 weeks old. Two weeks income out of ten. And zero work in the next 10 weeks lined up. Well the cash is down to one month’s rent left, and then it’s the end. I am an endangered species. The last of the great white human species in black Africa. The perfect storm of collapsed economy and pandemic is, of course, a global concern, so you may be feeling it too, wherever you are. Probably none of us have ever experienced this in our lifetimes.
Massive collapse has already occurred here in South Africa as electricity cuts increase from 4 to 6 hours a day without power, on some days. It’s sporadic, and the powers that be may inform us...on the day. So you never know from day to day what your power limitations will be. You know it will be in two hour power cuts, at scheduled times, but you can’t be sure so you wait to see if the power will go off on the hour determined, or not.
And I can live with the power cuts, more than the rest who have a business to run – those who still have work or an income. But the approach of the virus is out of my hands. I can wash them and am fit now, but anything is possible it seems with the most virulent virus of our lifetimes. And the approach of the global Great Depression of the century is also out of our hands. It is here and it is already upon us. My work which has been fine for 12 years is over. I am feeling the Great Depression here and now. Even if I don’t get the virus, I have contracted the economic fallout.
Anyway, this is just a report from the southern tip of Africa, on how the global crises are affecting me here. How is it is your part of the world? Schools also shut down? Business shut down? Money run out? No one has the virus in my town as far as I know. That will be the next wave of crisis. Let’s see how long it takes.