Locked down again!

On Monday I wrote a poem wondering if the world had gone mad or if I had. Now I know the answer. It’s the world or at least the Victoria, Australia part of it. We are in lockdown again just 8 days after the last one ended. And all because of 6 Covid cases in Melbourne and our government pursuing this ideal of zero Covid. Delta variant isn’t that easily controlled. They say we have to get vaccinated but when we do we are still forced into lockdown. There should be be exemptions for fully vaccinated people in difficult circumstances.

I’ll be okay. I spend my days writing anyway. I’m not so sure about others. Single mums, special needs kids, domestic abuse victims etc. People are struggling. This is our 6th lockdown! 6 cases, 6 lockdowns and I’m posting at 6.06. Things are getting Biblical!

46 thoughts on “Locked down again!

  1. Alli Templeton

    You’re absolutely right, Suzanne, your situation is pure madness. Sooner or later they’re going to have to let go, or I can see a revolution erupting. I’m glad you mentioned how difficult it is for many, as my autistic son struggled terribly over the past eighteen months with missing term after term of his schooling and support. Now he can’t cope with being around a group of people, having been told to stay away from others for so long, and the problems he has now are going to take some time to resolve as a result. No thought seems to be given to those who are most vulnerable in lockdown and the focus on Covid is now an unhealthy obsession for most governing bodies, who seem to have developed an unreasonable tunnel vision over the issue. Besides, it’s not a normal situation for us to live in anyway and it’s unhealthy. What’s happening now is that people are going down with bug after bug of other kinds (my daughter is one example) because we haven’t been mixing enough and our immune systems are severely compromised, and this will lead to even more problems. Further lockdowns now are completely counterproductive.

    Has anyone started a petition or campaign against your ludicrous situation? I feel for you all down there. I really do. ❤

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    1. Over here any kind of protest is frowned upon. You get labelled an anti-vaxxer and irresponsible so peope comply with the government. All the kids are suffering . Special needs kids most of all. My autistic grandson is in a very bad state and my daughter is scared of how he react this time around. I’m sorry to hear of your issues. It is so hard for so many of us now and these lockdowns are making things worse. Governments and the media talk of nothing but Covid here. You are right, they are obsessed with it. I

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      1. Alli Templeton

        It truly beggars belief, Suzanne, and my heart goes out to your poor grandson. The damage of Covid obsession will resound for many years to come, I think. Trouble is, there’s no balance any more. And if you’re not allowed to mix everyone will start dropping dead of normal ‘flu and other viruses which most of us would normally throw off.
        What disturbs me almost as much is why people feel they have to comply without protest, as this gives them carte blance to carry on with their damaging blinkered approach. We’ve had mass protests over here with people saying they’re sick of living in a Nazi state and want their freedom back. There’s only so long you can withdraw people’s civil liberties, whatever is going on in the world, without treading on very dangerous human rights ground.

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      2. Yes it is very strange how people comply with restrictions here. There were big protests recently. The police crackdown afterwards was excessive. Our movements are very restricted in this latest lockdown – even in the regions where there are no cases (like where I live). We are not allowed to visit anyone else’s home and can not travel more than 5k from our home so dissent is severely curtailed.

        I agree, these lockdowns will have all kinds of consequences. One side effect we are already noticing is that young people in their last year of school or first year of uni or work are really struggling. Their confidence has taken a terrible hit and many find it hard to leave the house.

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      3. Alli Templeton

        Shocking, Suzanne. It does smack somewhat of a dictatorship. I can imagine exactly how it may have affected the young as it’s affected my daughter too. She’s just completed her first year – of a sort – of her A Levels, but the unnatural circumstances in which she’s had to study and a full term of so-called ‘online learning’ has seen her grades plummet. She’s gone from winning top prizes in her previous school where she did her GCSEs to struggling to achieve reasonable grades. She’s given up on the idea of going to university and I fear how it has damaged her confidence for the future as she’s such a sensitive girl. It does rather sicken me how much kids’ futures have been messed around with, and surely in the name of all that is good it can’t go on for much longer. One does wonder, though, if common sense will ever prevail. I hope so for all the kids’ sakes.

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      4. I am sorry to hear of your daughter’s troubles. We have similar things happening in our family. It’s hard to imagine how these young people are going to recover.
        As for our political situation here in Victoria it is a dictatorship by middle class people who appear on TV telling us all these measures are for our own good. Our Premier is called Daniel Andrews. Some people call him Chairman Dan, others love him and think he is saving us all from disaster.

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      5. Alli Templeton

        Very disturbing. Those that call him Chairman Dan seem to have got it right. Sorry, Suzanne. Really scary situation. I think if it was me I’d have to emigrate!

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      6. The country’s borders are closed. There are over 38,000 Australian citizens stuck overseas that aren’t allowed back in the country. Many are in India and Indonesia. The only people that can get in or out of the country are film stars, sports people and politicians. Moving to another state is an option but you have to be ready to go when the state borders are open .
        State borders are opening and closing on a few hours notice.
        Very weird time to be Australian!

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      7. Alli Templeton

        Isn’t it just! I only hope it improves for you all very soon. A time of pure insanity. My thoughts are very much with you and all who are suffering so badly from Chairman Dan’s oppressive regime.

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      8. Thanks Alli. This has been an interesting conversation. You’ve helped me see our situation here more objectively. I’ll certainly think deeply about what I can do to gain more personal freedom.
        I hope you get support for your son and that your daughter regains her confidence.
        My daughter with the autistic boy said on the phone this evening that historic pandemics often resulted in social change -often because people reacted to the social restrictions governments imposed. I hope she’s right. We need a major shake up here.

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      9. Alli Templeton

        You’re most welcome Suzanne, and I”m glad our chat has helped. Any time you feel the need to sound off do feel free to get in touch and we can talk more. In the meantime, your daughter is right, and historically pandemics do result in social change. Look at the changes after the 14th century Black Death in England for one example. There”s also a lot of evidence of people breaking rules etc in 16th century during bouts of the Plague. The worm will always turn in the end… 🙂🌻

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      10. Thanks Alli, Personally i think this pandemic will cause great social upheaval. It’s the collateral damage that I’m concerned about. The young, and the disadvantaged for example.

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      11. Alli Templeton

        Me too, Suzanne. I think there will be very substantial fallout from the way it’s been handled that will show in the next generation. Time, I’m sure, will tell.

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      12. Yes. What gets me is how governments are focusing on Covid while ignoring the looming catastrophe of climate change. I think the next 20 years on planet Earth will be tumultuous.

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      13. Alli Templeton

        Too right, Suzanne. That seems to be the same the world over. Climate change is a massively bigger looming crisis and our governments are sleepwalking into it.

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      14. Alli Templeton

        Good, writing is a great way to work through emotions, and in situations like this imagination can be a great way to escape reality. I was like that too. 🙂

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      15. I think two streams of consciousness are possible at present. There is mainstream consciousness which is based on fear and greed and there is an alternative which is evolving in many at present. That 2nd stream is heart based and is aware of the interconnection between all life.

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  2. Yes, you’re right Suzanne, it IS getting biblical. Viruses and flus have always mutated, that’s why in previous years there’s always been different strains of the flu. This is no different EXCEPT for the fact that it’s not about a virus. It’s about control. And it’s time people woke up to that. Take care Suzanne and I’m sending love and prayers for Victoria 🙏

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      1. Ali, I just read your conversation between yourself and Suzanne. It’s the type of open minded conversation I wish more people would have instead of blindly complying. My wish is for more people to start questioning instead of believing everything our government and media tell them. It’s time we took back our power. 🙏

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      2. Alli Templeton

        It is, indeed, Miriam. After all, it’s the people who are supposed to choose who runs the country, so ultimately it’s the people who should have the power. It’s a sad indictment of a government when it’s people follow their rule without question, and it indicates an oppressed populace. The vast swathes of people who are struggliing so much can’t be happy with the situation, but they need to be lions, not sheep. I think, the world over, the propaganda machine has gone into overdrive on the issue of Covid.

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      3. Yes, you’re right Ali, it has gone into overdrive, which is why I’m so grateful to have stepped away from it and switched off the mainstream news. Camping (which is what I’m doing right now) helps too when the focus is on nature and what’s real instead of all the lies and illusion perpetrated on the tel-lie-vision. Yes, people need to be lions not sheep.

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      4. Alli Templeton

        We sound very similar in our outlook, Miriam. I stopped watching the news over here very quickly for the same reasons, and just kept up with what I absolutely had to know online instead. I can understand exactly how camping and being in nature would help you cope much better, as I’m the same. Being in woodlands and wild places away from all the madness has been one of the few things that kept me sane throughout this past eighteen months. And I love ‘tel-lie-vision’! So right! Time to roar, I think. 🙂

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      1. I wish you could too Suzanne. But stay strong and focused on good and the world you want to see. Despite looking like the opposite I truly believe the tide is turning. And people are rising.

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      2. Me too. More and more. I am so angry right now though. Like you I focus on the light but I have always believed righteous anger is a powerful force that demands expression. At present I am channelling it into my writing.

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      3. I can totally understand that anger, it’s absolutely warranted, and I think channeling it through your writing is a good idea. Then let it go and focus on what you do want. There’s a lot of change coming.

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  3. That’s crazy. Vaccinate and mask up indoors when you don’t know if others are vaccinated, or until enough others are vaccinated. You can’t eliminate this virus completely, no matter how many times you lock down. And it’s terrible for mental health. You need to be able to get outdoors. (K)

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  4. Actually, Suzanne, I’m seriously thinking of telling the Premier about a really good psychiatrist I know (actually I don’t know any really good psychiatrists but I’d pretend) to try and give him the message that he and his cohorts have lost the plot and may as well give in. I just have a feeling he wouldn’t listen to me.

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