America is under house arrest!
So now you know what it feels, somewhat, to be under house arrest eh? How are you handling it so far?
It’s almost as we’re all criminals or that we as a country and culture broke the law, got caught and got convicted. Now we are sentenced to spend time in jail or in our case, house arrest.
House arrest is the state of being kept as a prisoner in one’s own house, rather than in a prison. This happens mentally as well. Being prisoner, or feeling imprisoned, is something all of us feel from time to time in life. House arrest involves being sentenced to time at home, under close surveillance, rather than serving a typical jail sentence for non-violent offenders. Home imprisonment is used most often in areas where prisons are already overcrowded or are underfunded. Sometimes it’s called “protective custody”. That’s actually what our present situation in America is.
Depending on your circumstances, such as the severity of the crime and your criminal record, the judge may allow “breaks” from house arrest. You may be able to go to work, school, doctor appointments, counseling sessions, community service, and other court-approved activities….. The court may also order a curfew and expect you to go and return directly from the allowed activity. However, you will have to wear an ankle monitor, or electronic monitoring transmitter, 24/7.
Even the idea of self quarantining is somewhat bizarre eh? Our English word “quarantine” means a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to the infectious or contagious disease are placed. It comes from the Italian quarantina which means ‘forty days’, from quaranta ‘forty’. We’re making it 14 days, but originally it was 40 days. In biblical numerology, 40 is the number of probation and probation is either the release of an offender from detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision or in another way, it is the process or period of testing or observing the character or abilities of a person in a certain role, for example, a new employee, position or performance. The word is derived from Latin probation, from probare which means ‘to test, prove’ or proof test. The legal use dates from the late 19th century.
Either way, we should spend this time under “House arrest” to not only take a rest and get some rest but spend time meditating, ruminating, speculating and even marinating on who, what and where we are as individuals and as a human collective.
There is and will soon be revealed a cure to this virus as there are to all viruses somewhere. The cure treats the infection, but not the conscience. We must continually think, rethink and then think again of better ways to live, move and possess our beings, our essence as human beings, being human.
Thru all of this, always remember that things are never as bad as they seem and they could always be worse and summarily things are never as good as they seem and could always be better. We learn to go and grow with the flow, especially when it becomes a flood!
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