As we trudge through the long days of the plague that has been unleashed on the world we find ourselves with a lot of time to think.

As a writer, which is something I have been all of my adult life, I tend to make little notes to myself. Things I wonder about. Questions I don’t have answers to. Wait. Let me rephrase that. questions that I wonder why so many people don’t have answers to. Because I have answers to all my questions. I just don’t see a lot of other people coming up with answers of their own.

The biggest question I have at the moment has to do with why everyone walking the earth does not understand how the current pandemic we are living through actually works.

It’s not like it hasn’t been explained scientifically. It’s not like the best ways for everyone to protect themselves and others haven’t been boiled down to several simple things that everyone can do.

It’s not like these things are hard to understand or even impose any sort of hardship on us.

It’s none of the aforementioned. And so what do you conclude when you see people gathering together unmasked in thick crowds? When you see people gathering together to burn masks and protest what they think are draconian government measures to control their lives? When you hear people talking about this entire pandemic that has so far killed 10s of millions of people as a hoax?

If you are cynical like I have been told I am, you write all of this off to a bitched brew of ignorance, laziness, selfishness, and stupidity. This, in turn, leads to a number of other questions, the most obvious of all is: How did these people get that way?

The answer is not simple. I personally think that living in a free society has become more and more complex. People don’t have the time or the energy to really think deeply about much of anything these days. So they go to the most convenient sources to get a quick information fix. They go to places like social media. And what do they get there? I maintain that mostly what they get there is confused.

There are so many diametrically opposed opinions there that anything close to an objective reality is almost impossible to ferret out. And if you are not all that bright to start with you end up gravitating to the easiest fix you can find. The one you understand. It’s not a question of right or wrong, or truth or lies. It’s whatever you understand.

The trouble with science is that it’s not simple. It confuses people because they don’t always get what’s being said. They would much rather listen to someone translating it for them, and if that person has a bias, that’s what the people hear.

And once they have made up their minds, they stick to their guns. Because going through the process of trying to understand anything hurts their head. And they certainly don’t want to do it twice.

So if you are one of these simple people and you have been convinced that this entire pandemic is a hoax designed to control your life, it doesn’t matter what any scientist says. You’ve already made up your mind, and anything that contradicts your opinion is nothing but white noise rattling around in your head.

The last question is a simple one. How long can we expect this to go on?

Well, that is the question, isn’t it? The most honest answer is that nobody knows. And nobody knows because nobody knows how long it will take to get everyone immunized. Nobody knows because nobody is sure how many people will continue to refuse to be vaccinated. Nobody knows because as long as there is one person carrying this disease around with them, the world is still in danger.

I wish everybody all the best. I know this has been a very difficult time for millions of people. But I also know that the human race is populated mostly by people who really do understand that this plague is no hoax.  And that sooner or later all the strays will be rounded up and vaccinated.

So those are my questions. What are your answers?


Jim Murray
Jim Murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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  1. I’m going to raise a hand of concern? My intention is not to be confrontational. My use of ‘you’ is meant as a general, not specific, impersonal you. I just want to offer some other questions and potential considerations. Why were doctors told to use COVID-19 for the cause of death across the nation, no matter the cause of death? Sen. Jensen went public with the State Health Authority’s mandates for health care officials and there were many others who complained and went public. Those that put their findings vs what we were being told were censored or deleted from social media. How do I know? Because I paid really close attention. That’s not a hoax. What are the numbers really? We do not know. What we do know is they are highly skewed. Now that’s not conjecture, it’s critical thinking and deductive logic.

    What happened to healthy bodies and immune systems that do not need to be vaccinated, especially with a known gene-altering component that has no history, no testing and no guarantees of safety? Why, all of a sudden, are we letting the Profit over People agenda of Big Pharma run rampant around the globe? They are not in the business of health. They are in the business of treating symptoms. They don’t want us to be healthy.

    I’ve been, and will continue to be, healthy and inquisitive. I’m in good health because I give care to my exercise and nourishment, both body and mind. I’ve listened to both sides, weighed the evidence and see a picture that doesn’t look right and money is at the center of it. On one side you’ve got astute scientists and acclaimed vaccine developers, like Greet Vanden Bossch, who have gone on record with serious concerns and warnings against this specific vaccine, no matter the manufacturer. His expertise is virtually unquestionable. Dr. Andrew Kaufmann methodically went through the recent published paper about the vaccine and proved Koch’s Postulates were not fulfilled. No one has isolated the virus, therefore it cannot be cultured or injected into a healthy host to determine its effect. That’s not a hoax.

    What is happening is people are being conditioned to be afraid of each other. That’s no hoax. My hopes at the beginning of the obsession on self-hygiene and sequestration were that it would do like all behavioral modification programs and eventually turn inward, where people would start questioning their morals, their values, their leadership and even their faith. If we were made perfect and have all the faculties to remain so, even though we still age and die currently, why would we want to alter ourselves with some man-made substance? If you’re not taking care of your body temple and your brain, not to mention your mind, then maybe you do need a vaccination. We’re far more powerful in our feelings and thoughts than we can imagine.

    I’m reminded of Marianne Williamson’s quote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” We’ve been conditioned to be inadequate, to be vulnerable to dis-ease and co-dependent. I broke that conditioning a long time ago and have been an outlier because of it. I’m happy, healthy, intelligent and even sometimes considered wise. I realize most of the world is asleep in comparison. That doesn’t mean I care any less. Everyone deserves to be healthy and not manipulated into thinking they are not just so an ill-constructed and untested substance can be injected because they are told it is safe. Where’s the science? I defy you to show me. If/when you can or do, then I’ll reconsider my thinking. I’m certainly not a stranger to adjusting with new information.

    Wow, I didn’t intend to write so much. My passion poured out. May we all stay healthy and our lives contribute to a better world for all.

    • I’m very happy that you are happy and healthy. I didn’t really compute most of what you said here. To me when a disease like this comes along, you have to air on the side of caution. The medical community, like any other community, is filled with opinions. Likewise the writing community. I get that you probably think that this disease is being manipulated to, as you say, make people fear each other. But the fact that it can be transmitted by people not showing any symptoms, (like you or me perhaps), adds a real element of mystery and fear to the whole thing. All this post represents are the questions I have. I’m not trying to generate fear. I have no reason or desire to do that. All I want is for this thing to go away so that I can continue my rehab from spinal surgery, which has all been put on hold because of this plague.

    • The last think I intend is to generate fear. I want to generate critical thinking, deductive logic and the best choices for keeping our temples pure. We don’t understand enough about them to allow inept science and pushy profiteers to inject us with something foreign. There is no mystery in that. It won’t go away until reasonable human beings stand up together and make it stop.

      My point was the disease has not been identified through scientific methods. It is a hoax, from that standpoint. If you search the data, there is no proof, only a narrative. What isn’t a hoax is the methodical manipulation of the human genome through a genetically altering vaccine. That much is fact, not opinion. Even the narrative reveals that an man-made mRNA sequence is in the vaccine. What is there to not understand about that? I know that seems provocative, even confrontational. It’s the truth.

      The transmission from asymptomatic people, according to information released by the CDC some months ago is impossible. On the other hand, who knows what this gene-altering injection will do to the capability of asymptomatic people sharing whatever concoction has been introduced to the healthy bodies of millions.

      Are we, as people of faith in whatever religion, going to allow a self-induced plague of unknown capability into our lives? That’s what we are doing by just ‘wishing’ it to go away and succumbing to the numbing of the narrative and acquiescing to the vaccine, in my humble opinion.

      My desire is for a connected consciousness, however we may call it, to be ignited in humanity and bring us together to create a better future. This whole operation is doing just the opposite.

  2. Jim — Sometimes I think we are the way we are as a people because many of us have so much. We have the luxury of not having to actually think too hard, or put events in perspective.

    For example, I remain deeply perplexed about the events of the last 4-5 years – that we could install a person in the presidency who is so devoid of character and empathy, so focused on his benefit at the expense of others. Yet 70+ million of my fellow Americans were recently willing to overlook his shortcomings because he was purportedly for “this” and against “that.” As long as my single issue aligned with something he said, I’ll vote for him! I’ll hold my nose and vote for him. He told a simple story that people didn’t have to work too hard to understand. In fact, he told people that they didn’t have to think, that he would think for them. Remember “I alone can fix this”?

    Whew, He’s got the helm so I don’t have to worry about things.

    We’re told that the virus is a hoax – even though he knew it wasn’t – that Russian collusion was a hoax, that the quid pro quo with Ukraine was a hoax, that global warming was a hoax. We were told that the results of the election was a hoax – stolen! – even though there was not one iota of evidence to support the contention. SO many hoaxes…. SO many forces working against “us”!

    And now people are told a story by some that wearing a mask and not socializing for what is a tiny, tiny spec of time relative to the whole history of humankind is an impingement on their personal freedom? The message: you need only care about yourself, not your fellow planet mates.