COVID-19 and People Who Need People, Another Year

Brian H. Gill's 'Internet Friends.' (2017)

Fred Barnard's 'Discussing the War in a Paris Café,' Illustrated London News. (September 17, 1870)It’s been a year and a day since I talked about socializing, the pandemic and individual differences.

“…I can sympathize with folks who really do need people: people who are physically close, not ‘close’ only in a virtual sense. I’m also willing to accept that not everyone is like me. For which we should all be thankful. And that’s another topic.

“That said, COVID-19 pandemic restrictions haven’t cut into my social life all that much.

“Before ‘social distancing’ — a poorly-chosen phrase, and that’s yet another topic — started becoming a cliche, most of my social life was online….”
(“People Who Need People — and the COVID-19 Pandemic” (January 24, 2021))

Somewhere during the last year, I noticed that I’d been enjoying my research and writing routines less. And had let some projects drop off the back burner.

Pandemic-Prompted Perturbations?

Left: W. Spooner's 'I feel a fit o'them curst blue devil coming across me again.' (ca. 1835) Right: Vincent van Gogh's 'Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity's Gate). (1890)Not unexpectedly, the situation got worse as Christmas approached. That’s always a bad time of year for me.

“…As my wife once noted, I ‘get weird’ during each Christmas season. That’s not surprising, since something very traumatic happened around Christmas when I was 12. Memories of the incident are lost. Not accessible, at least….”
(“The Magi, Meds and Me” (January 7, 2018))

But I think this year’s weirdness has roots in pandemic-prompted perturbations. There, I made that alliterative, and that’s another topic.

At any rate, at a Mass last summer, I felt a strong urge to start chatting with some folks who were sitting near me. Now, as someone at Walmart said, comparing me and my son; “you always talk, he never talks.” But I seldom feel that eager to strike up a conversation.

So, despite living near the ‘people who need people’ continuum’s low end, and being generally satisfied with online social interactions; I figure the pandemic’s starting to bug me.

And, if I’m starting to feel something akin to cabin fever, then folks with more 50th percentile social needs — well, I can sympathize with them more easily now.

Although I’d appreciate it if everyone would turn the hysteria down a few notches. It’d be nice if news media and politicos would stop doing what they do with a real health issue, but that’d be like asking for the moon.

Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian: But Not Moderate

Brian H. Gill's results from a polquiz.com quiz, which uses the Nolan Chart. (September 2017)Speaking of politics, it’s been a while since I talked about beliefs, politics and me.

I’m a Catholic and take my faith seriously, so online ‘which side are you on’ polls say I’m a liberal; a conservative or; in one case, a libertarian.

But not a moderate.

I think they’re all accurate, as far as they go; since I think human rights and human life matter, and I think subsidiarity makes sense.

The quiz that pegged me as a libertarian displayed its results on a Nolan Chart, developed by a libertarian activist.1

Since ‘which side’ tests I’ve taken focus on only a few ‘political’ topics, I figure I’m ‘liberal’ on those which ask me if I think employees should be treated like people; and ‘conservative’ when the focus is on whether I think humans are people, no matter their age. And that’s yet another topic.

Glitches, Unexpected Issues: But Other Than That, a Good Day

Brian H. Gill's 'Meet Norbert Nerdly.' (2015)
(“Meet Norbert Nerdly” — my frustrations, personified. (2015))

That picture, “Meet Norbert Nerdly,” is available as prints and posters (from $6.71) at my Norski’s Shop on DeviantArt.com. Okay, self-promotion having been accomplished, a partial explanation for this journal entry.

I was working on this week’s ‘Saturday’ piece, it’ll be about Marlowe’s Faustus, this morning. Then I experienced a maelstrom of glitches, or technical difficulties, or frustrations.

Whatever I call them, I called the company that hosts this site. And a good thing, too, since I discovered a number of other issues I’d missed.

Long story short, the glitches aren’t gone; but I’m pretty sure they won’t affect your experience with A Catholic Citizen in America.

And the issues I’d missed are now resolved. After only a few hours and two broken telephone connections.

I may even get that “Faustus” thing finished by Saturday.

More of how I see life, the universe and making sense:


1 Charting attitudes:

About Brian H. Gill

I was born in 1951. I'm a husband, father and grandfather. One of the kids graduated from college in December, 2008, and is helping her husband run businesses and raise my granddaughter; another is a cartoonist and artist; #3 daughter is a writer; my son is developing a digital game with #3 and #1 daughters. I'm also a writer and artist.
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