I believe in interviewing people when I know they’ve been in situations that are unusual, and unlikely to happen again and they’ve come out on the other side. My beloved late friend Swan, the medic in Vietnam, was someone who took in misfits, random women from diverse backgrounds, like me. Among the women. But as for his male friends, they were all veterans, usually black, but not always. Hawaii has one of the smallest permanent black populations in the U. S. And many of them are veterans. We took Hawaii for its military value and the military had a strong presence here. When I went to Swan’s I had a chance to ask guys who had been in combat and survived, what their mindset had been. One person said, “You’d be walking along in the jungle, and all of a sudden the guy next to you would drop straight down. Shot dead. Out of nowhere. You had to say, ‘it’s not going to be me.’ I heard this joke about guys waiting to board a plane. Two guys are standing in line in front of another guy. The two guys start talking about what would happen if the plane went down. Who’d give the wives a message? The third guy jumped in and said, ‘i’ll survive. I can take your wives the messages. They’ll be single so I will definitely do it.’ That’s the mindset you have to have. ‘Not me. Never me.'”
COVID-19 Survival mentality
That’s one way to survive. Measured disassociation from reality. Don’t require logical evidence. In fact, make an assumption that flies in the face of logic. Of course, take all necessary precautions. We are in a pandemic and they’re opening economies so I guess things are getting better. We shall see. Do what you can to take limited control. And while you do so maintain the absolute belief in your invulnerability. As you don your mask and maintain social distance, believe in your health. You are fine, always will be. You have to think something. Might as well think that.