Apr 17, 2020

THE LIST OF QUESTIONS




The world is having a collective experience, unlike anything most of us have ever experienced in our lifetime.  Certainly there are other "almost collective" experiences, but none that can compare with every citizen of every country in the world to some degree being impacted by the Corona Virus, Covid 19 Pandemic.  

All the citizens of the world, (with very few exceptions) will have a memory collection in their psyche about how the pandemic affected them in their daily lives, in the place they live, in their city, in their country. 

This global experience makes us realize, (I hope) that we are all collective citizens of one planet, EARTH, and not as divided as we think we are. It would be so wonderful to consider that post this experience, boundaries would be much less than what they are today, that differences would unite and not create such discord as they do today.  

I keep waiting for someone to galvanize the spirit of America during this time and still there is a vacuum. There's not been a united rally, a display of American Flags, a song, a declaration of unity; where is the one leader, the one cultural impresario, or the one spiritual beacon that rallies people to unite, to care, to consider, to cooperate, to not be afraid.  

Perhaps this expectation of a galvanized national spirit is unfounded, not realistic. Maybe the pandemic is so far removed from anything anyone could have considered as a possibility that a collective rally of country, patriotism, consideration, compassion is not possible. Perhaps the breakdown of systems, government, institutions is too much to bear on the collective spirit of nations at large, including America. 

History is being written everyday in the lives of everyone. Some pandemic experiences and histories will become movies, documentaries, memoirs, first person essays in leading newspapers and magazines, there will be stories to tell and share and remember and recognize. 

I've been keeping a list of questions, some I've shared and discussed with family and friends. Some are questions I will one day answer and make a record of, for no other reason, than it helps me make sense of this collective experience. It helps process the magnitude of what is going on, the possibilities of what could be, the hopes I have for everyone I know and love to be healthy and safe.  

I'm sharing these today and I will continue to add to them. If you have one that I can add, please share. 






THE LIST OF QUESTIONS 


When did you a know a Pandemic had been declared by the World Health Organization 


How did you find out, where were you 


What was your initial reaction, your thoughts 


What do you remember about that day, your concerns, your fears


Who did you reach out to immediately 


Did you have difficulty sheltering at home, being restricted from your daily life, routine  


Who did you shelter with


Do you have young children/grandchildren 


How young are they and how did you explain the pandemic to them 


What were the fears of your children/grandchildren, what were there most poignant questions 


What was your biggest challenge: emotional, physical, financial, practical 


What were you most grateful for during this time 


What headlines or new stories broke your heart 


What will you remember from the news cycle in 5 years, 10 years 


Do you know anyone personally who died from Covid19, share your thoughts about them 


Do you know anyone who got Covid19 and recovered, share your thoughts about them 


Do you think you had Covid 19 and were not tested 


What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic 


Do you have family and friends in other countries 


How was their experience different from yours 


Did you have a favorite IF 


IF I could be anywhere right now, where would that be 


IF I could be with anyone, who would that be and what would you be doing 


What did you learn from your shelter in place housemates, family, roommates, that you did not know before 


Did you inventory your household toilet paper ? Had you ever done this before ? How many rolls did you have maximum


What is the craziest or most imaginative food preparation you came up during this time 


What was your daily routine like 


Did you days of discouragement, fear, depression 


Did you care for an elder parent, neighbor, friend 


If you were the PRESIDENT in your country, what would you have done different


Who would you characterize as a successful leader(s) during the pandemic and why 


How did you help/contribute during pandemic, who benefited 


Are you planning to do anything different once shelter in place orders have been lifted 


What brought you most comfort ? Cooking, Music, Silence, Prayers, Reading, NetFlix, Arts, Crafts, Exercise, Gardening, Dancing, Being Healthy, Fill in the Blank 



Did you learn new crafts 


Did you learn new games 


What is your favorite new app on your phone 


What were your consistent sources of news 


What were your go to sources for encouragement and sanity


Did you implement new activities into your daily routine 


Did you create any works of art / crafts 


Did you go outdoors ?   Where, what did you do 


Did you Zoom Conference Call ? With who, Why 


Did you read books that you can recommend, movies 


How do you expect your life will be different after sheltering in place orders are lifted ? 
In a month, by December 2020, a year from now in 2021


Did you cancel travel plans 


If you could title a book about your own Pandemic Experience, what is the title 


If the pandemic were a color ? What color would it be for you, why 


If you could associate only ONE WORD with your pandemic experience, what would that word be and why ? 


Who is your Pandemic Hero(s) and why ? 


Did you have a Pandemic Prayer ? Can you share 



If you could interview one person with regards to their pandemic experience 
who would you interview ? Why



If you had one superpower that you could active during the pandemic, what would
that power be 


Do you think the virus came from a wet market in Wuhan China 


Or was the virus released from a Biomedical lab in Wuhan China 


If you could create one film documentary on the pandemic, what would you consider as the most compelling subject or topic for your film ?


What is the most basic change in your thinking because of the pandemic, what are you sure of now going forward that you had never considered before