2020 ANNO HORRIBILIS=HORRIBLE YEAR, SO FAR.

The Year Of Pandemia

To be Human is to be Frail, Transitory, and Perishable, it’s our lot, so Live the best you can, and do the most Good you are able to.

That our current year 2020 has being so far, a trying year for most, if not all of us, is not even news today, since the year beginnings, one disaster, after the other one, not care even to make a list this pandemic just being the top of the awful layered cake, 2020 has being so far.

No doubt, all these messes  here, and all over, was if not necessary, a wake up call to all of us to figure out we are fragile, and mortal, and our lives in the context of time nothing but a leaf falling from the tree of Life.

Every disaster carry if not a good thing, a lesson, or an exhortation to be better, and a reminder we are here just for a little while, therefore to use our time wisely, and do not waste your time, and efforts on vanity.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1. 2

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Fires engulf Australia

From the driest September ever in 2018 to the raging fires of January 2020.

On 2 January 41 admitted hospital patients in Wuhan, China, were confirmed to have contracted (laboratory-confirmed) the 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus); 27 (66%) patients had direct exposure to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. All 41 patients were subsequently relocated from the hospital they had originally been diagnosed in to the Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, China.Who declared that its three concerned levels (China country office, Regional Office for the Western Pacific and headquarters) have been working together to respond to the outbreak.

To the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: AFP

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Just in more than a month we have the following crisis, and disasters:

  • U.S. Civil Unrest. June 26, 2020.

  • COVID-19 Coronavirus. June 25, 2020.

  • 2020 Spring Tornadoes. June 16, 2020.

  • Ebola Outbreak. June 15, 2020.

  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis. June 11, 2020.

  • Cyclone Amphan. June 7, 2020.

  • Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis. June 2, 2020.

  • Yemen Humanitarian Crisis. May 21, 2020.

Civil UnrestCivil Unrest The New Normal

Of course it could be argued, disasters and crisis are everyday occurrence around the World, but it’s only noticed when it hit us right down our own street.

And on top of it to be incarcerated on our own home because the pandemic, with no end on sight, it doesn’t make things easy for any of us.

And understandably  we  may be at our wits’ end.

At our wits'endWell, maybe  time to read a good classic like: The Enchiridion By Epictetus.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ”― Epictetus

Be at peace.

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40 Responses to 2020 ANNO HORRIBILIS=HORRIBLE YEAR, SO FAR.

  1. Mz&Cho says:

    It’s just so so sad.

  2. Don Ostertag says:

    You didn’t mention finding out that the president of the US committed treason.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, there were so many bad things that went wrong this year I couldn’t remember them all, but I knew people in the comments will remind me, besides I figure the year its no even over yet, very likely, unfortunately, will be more to come, thanks Don! 🙂

  3. These are the signs of the times as prophesised by the Hopi’s*. Humanity has limited time left to turn the ship around, but is gets caught up in trumped-up dramas (no pun inented …) and fear-driven events mainly because it fails to question or think critically. (*The Hopis talked about a ‘Day of Purification’).

    The current turbulence will most likely increase and 2020 was very likely just the start – this is also in line with the current energy of the age:
    http://gypsycafe.org/2020/07/04/darkness-before-dawn-part1a-why-the-world-has-become-so-polarised/

    Our challenge and test is to step over the duality and polarity and to stand for harmony and peace, in spite of the turbulence. Quite a challenge! Can we do it collectively or will we continue to be swept up in the partisian tides?

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, as I mention on my comment, to you, in your blog, things will take time, and do not believe we will achieve perfection at any time, but surely things will be better, but problems very likely will be with us until we die. 🙂

    • Not only Hopi’s and other cultures speak about the signs of the times a lot of people would not notice when they are there. Worse of all, even when several spiritual and religious people may warn others about those signs to be noticed, many will not see them even when they are there in front of their nose. And that is happening today!

  4. Well, sometimes life is not all sunshine and rainbows. But when life puts us to test, more often, there emerges the reserve of strength lying snoozing inside us.

  5. Ben Naga says:

    You too, my friend. 🤗

  6. I agree with your observation that our current pandemic and other related crises are “a wake up call to all of us to figure out we are fragile, and mortal, and our lives in the context of time nothing but a leaf falling from the tree of Life.” Humility, accountability, and responsibility towards each other and to Mother Earth are much needed.

  7. sherazade says:

    È stato un anno orribile ma il punto è che i prossimi mesi saranno ancora peggiori perché nel dubbio che il virus ritorni Ci sarà da lottare per il lavoro: i molti milioni di posti di lavoro che con il covid-19 sono andati perduti. ..

    Be at peace !

  8. Hello Mr. Brogido,
    I completely agree with your final observation that it is useless to continue to be worried the whole day for things we can’t change! For this reason we went to the place we grew up or the “appenzellerland”. We completely enjoyed a few days in this region immersed in nature and farmers and Corona was far away there, because the region is less populated and people work frequentely outside and don’t spend their freetime in dancing clubs!
    Now we are back again and the problems of the world surround as already!
    I wish you all the best Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      Lucky you Martina!
      Here in the city, we only go out for groceries, no home delivery, but just once a week, and with every precaution, and hands washing every place you go!
      We also wish peace, and happiness. 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, especially the final hint to the way to happiness! Thank you.

  10. This is clearly a testing time for humanity and will surely pass but i loved the approach of looking for a lesson that this year is trying to teach us. Life is a great teacher

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes indeed, life it’s the best of Teachers.
      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate it. 🙂

  11. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Remember the expression: “Worry’s like a rocking chair. You rock and don’t get anywhere” ?
    So true! But so hard not to worry. I suppose we’re hard-wired to do so?
    Still, it would be the heights of denial for one not to realize nothing goes on forever. Civilizations crumble. Life ends. Part of the process of existence is to cease to exist. I don’t know if this is the beginning of the end or not. But kindness goes a long way during the process, regardless of outcome. Thank you for your reminders that “being at peace” is also a choice! 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, everything must come to an end, the sad realization of life, but it does not mean to be sad, if we reflect on it, is just the natural process of things.
      Acceptance, of what we cannot change, bring Peace, and reconciliation into the Human heart.
      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  12. You could say we do not have to worry, but for sure we have to take care. We should take precautions and we should clearly stay away from the problems when we can. No need to go in confrontation with the many problems which come over this earth; At the same time we should prepare ourselves for worse times to come, because we may be sure this is just the signs of the coming times. It is predicted in many sacred or holy scriptures that there shall come a Big Battle or Thrid Worldwar (Armageddon) and then the Day of Judgement.

  13. Ben Naga says:

    “My cache of ‘Followers’ has disintegrated so if you are still interested
    in reading/replying to fresh posts here you’ll have to refollow. Sorry.
    https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/to-all-ben-naga-followers/

  14. J.D. Riso says:

    It is a tough year for both individuals and the collective. So much ugliness is being revealed. We are wearing masks in the physical but at the same time they are being ripped away in the spiritual realm. It is indeed a test, and there is surely more to come. Hope you are well, kind gentleman. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Very true!
      Nothing like a time of crisis to drop the mask, and reveal our true self, like in a sinking ship, some run for the boats ahead of women, and children, others like the musicians in the Titanic keep the music going until the end.

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  15. Very true and very sad, and most of disasters were preventable most likely, especially, the human-made..
    I remember Vanitas vanitatum from University times. It sounded as if one needs to grow up and realize that everything passes and disappears: kingdoms, civilizations, even planets.
    We have spotted things which were not brought to our attention before or simply everybody was too busy to pay any attention.
    Mostly, we are tested for discipline, responsibility and ability to sacrifice personal comfort for the good of everybody. The more somebody sticks to strict discipline, the better for others which is unfortunately not always the case.
    As always, thought provoking post.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, we pass through life, for a very brief time, and mostly we act like if we are going to live for ever, hubris!
      Thank you for your valuable insight, Inese. 🙂

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