Monday, 16 March 2020

Monday Long Song

Throughout long shifts in the supermarket over the weekend, I saw and heard things that caused my colleagues and I to wonder aloud what exactly the human race has become. In what is usually a friendly, good-natured working environment, rudeness, verbal abuse, meanness and greed had suddenly become the norm. We're all worried and no-one knows exactly what's happening or what comes next, but surely we can at least maintain a bare minimum level of civility and respect for each other as we go forward.

'Space is the Place' claimed Sun Ra and his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra in 1973 - and they could well have a point. Earth certainly isn't a barrel of laughs at the moment.

Sun Ra - Space is the Place


C said...

We were watching some Denis Leary at the weekend (a great and wicked form of therapy!) This led us to stumble upon a quote of his which sums things up perfectly at the moment: "Crisis doesn't create character, it reveals it". How true.
I'm just sorry that you're having to deal with it as such close quarters.

The Swede said...

It's madness out there, really unpleasant madness. I hope you are managing to stay a long way away from it. The one positive thing for me is that I've suddenly gained a lot of overtime shifts, which are very welcome - it's a shame about the circumstances though.

Alyson said...

That's an interesting quote from Denis Leary - I am hopeful that people can behave better and start to look out for each other as the weeks (and months!) go by. Some people will find their workload skyrocket and yet other will find all their work dries up - Sadly we fall in the latter camp. Our town depends of large numbers of tourists coming from now until Sept and that's just not going to happen this year I suspect. Unprecedented times.

George said...

I've never knowingly heard anything by Sun Ra before this.

John Medd said...

One can only assume that when Coronavirus claims them they will die with clean bottoms.

drew said...

It is all thoroughly depressing Swede. The myth off the blitz spirit has been well and truly shattered and I take absolutely no pleasure in typing that. In the words of Sgt Phil Esterhaus "Let's be careful out there"

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