The Terrible Emotional Impact of Covid-19 & Lockdown – Is This Irreparable? 

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The above is  not the video I had planned to post.  I had planned to post a very short video from the Anna Brees channel which I watched last night but which appears to have been removed by Anna, which is a pity.  In that short video, Anna was expressing her own emotional response, very calmly,  to the ongoing restrictions; very honestly, she revealed her sadness and sense of (almost) despair.  She seemed close to tears at one point.  It was very moving.  I’m guessing that she may have removed it out of sense of duty, not to make the rest of us feel depressed, given that her video interviews – some of which we’ve featured on this blog – are always upbeat and informative.  I wish she’d left the video online because it made me think more, not less of her. She is a person of integrity and I can’t see anyone thinking any less of her because of her honest appraisal of the impact of our “new normal” way of life on her emotional health.  She speaks for more people than, I think, she probably realises.  I say this because…

By coincidence, if there is such a thing,  I had been in conversation earlier with a friend who told me that she was increasingly downhearted about the whole situation and sometimes came close to tears thinking about life as it is now.  I was able to tell her that I feel exactly the same.  It’s difficult to think and act as if everything is normal, when it’s not, and there is no end in sight. “Six months”, the Governments of the UK say – but who trusts them these days?  Who trusts the mainstream media, especially the TV news channels?  If you come across anyone who does, tell them I can get them a great discount on the Forth Road Bridge.     

Feel free to post updates on the Coronavirus “crisis” on this thread, as usual, but also seek to give reasons why people become a bit downhearted.  Is it because we wonder if this virus will ever go away?  Will life ever return to normal?  Or is it because we fear that the virus is being used as the excuse to change the way we are governed, to condition us to accept tyrannical “rule by decree” forever, wondering if this suffering will ever pass?

Happily, informed Catholics know that yes, it will pass, once the Pope and Bishops consecrate Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart in the manner prescribed in the Fatima apparitions.   As the Church remains in crisis, with the worst ever pontiff in history at the helm,  this does not look likely to happen in the very near future, so, naturally, in the meantime, we are all being tested in our personal response to the oppressive government measures which are taking away our individual freedoms.

IS the emotional turmoil caused by this public health “crisis”, the lockdown and continuing restrictions irreparable?  If not, then, in your opinion, humanly speaking, how can it be repaired?  More prayer, of course.  Anything else?                                                                                     

44 responses

  1. Firstly, I will email the link to this thread to Anna Brees for her information and, I hope, to cheer her up.

    Secondly, the following round-robin email has just arrived in my inbox from the Keep Britain Free campaign:

    Dear Supporters,

    This week, we had the pleasure of Mr. Johnson gracing our screens once again. Addressing the nation, he unveiled a new set of preposterous rules.

    As if they’ve not been through enough, the thousands of hard-working business owners lucky enough to have survived this far, have now been told that if they don’t cooperate with the new ‘Covid-secure’ measures, they will be breaking the law.

    Yet these laws, which will do nothing but hamper economic recovery, have once again been passed without any form of parliamentary debate. Even the Conservative MPs, irked by the nature of the latest lockdown measures, have publicly voiced their concerns and the 1922 Committee, chaired by Graham Brady, were plotting a rebellion over the renewal of emergency Covid laws.

    In response, our cowardly leader offered not a scrap of strategic explanation nor evidence as to why these new measures will be more effective than the rest.

    How has this become the norm? Our bungling ministers are introducing and passing legislation left right and center, with no real scrutiny over the impact they might have. They are continuously moving the goalposts and damaging British livelihoods as they go.

    Our legal challenge is the only way we can stop any new measures or circuit-breakers from going in place. This terrible pattern must be stopped.

    In the past week, our campaign has featured in several pieces of media coverage, which you can read below:

    • Daily Mail – Tycoon braving death threats and £1m legal bill to take on PM Boris Johnson over coronavirus: I’m going to court to stop lockdown wrecking business
    • The Times – Police condemn Covid-denier clashes before week of protests
    • Spiked – Why won’t the opposition oppose this Covid authoritarianism?
    • My London – Keep Britain Free founder says he is ‘pro-choice’ not ‘anti-face mask’ on London Underground
    We continue to fight hard for our appeal to be heard at a nearer date. In the meantime, it is vital that we continue to gather as much support as we can. To help us in our mission, please continue to share our updates and the link to our Crowdjustice page with your networks. Make sure you are following the Keep Britain Free social media channels, the links to which are below. Please also consider adding #KBF to your social media handles or bios to help spread awareness of the campaign far and wide.

    For anyone interested in getting involved – we have pulled together some resources you can use to help spread the values of free speech and independent thought. These can be found on our website here and include flyers for businesses and letters you can send to your MP. There is also a members forum on our website, where you can speak with other like-minded people.

    Once again, I want to thank you all for your ongoing support. With over 17,000 people now signed up to Keep Britain Free, our voice and influence is getting stronger each day.

    Together, we will Keep Britain Free.

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  2. I suppose it is the very real impact on family life that concerns me most. That and the sense of helplessness in the face of government dictat s which are rolled out with little if any opposition. As an older and probably vulnerable person, it distresses me to see the effect of these rules on young people who are having their educations and lives spoiled when they should be enjoying freedom. And the economy is being wrecked too so the future for our children and grandchildren will be difficult. Closer to home, I find myself in conflict with my husband who is much more conformist and gets cross when I rant about this “new normal”. Yesterday we met my brother and sister in law for lunch at a local restaurant. We had not seen them since Christmas. As soon as we turned up we were asked if we had downloaded the new tracing App. We hadn’t and nor did I intend to. The owner then proceeded to show us how to do it. I refused politely and ascertained that we were not breaking the law. In the end they just took our phone numbers and left it at that. I agree with you whispered the waitress! It didn’t ruin the meal of course but yet another sinister attempt to control us. My husband now wants us to put the wretched app on our phones. I don’t. Impasse.
    What to do about these miserable feelings? Well a little rebellion here and there cheers me up a bit but there is a general underlying depression and I am not normally like this.

    • Elizabeth,

      I’m not long home so I am making this flying visit to the blog, back later…

      I just want to say that all of this is dividing families and make no mistake about it, this is no accident because, whether or not your husband yet realises it, this is not temporary. It’s not going to end in that we are being conditioned to accept this new form of governance – rule by decree – and, because the bulk of the population is being obedient, things will only get worse.

      Speaking with my niece earlier today (you met her if you recall, when you were here for one of our conferences), she said things have palpably worsened now with the new rules in place today. The female bus driver was positively hostile to her, due to not wearing a mask and insisted that she get an exemption certificate for future use. She has been on buses throughout this whole situation without any such demand. Ditto in the supermarkets – everybody is now twice as officious. One man (customer) asked her why she wasn’t wearing a mask and when she asked if it was any of his business, he replied “yes”. I left her in no doubt that the next time some busybody asks that question, the reply has to be “It’s NONE of your business!” She had realised that, too late. I’m convinced it’s because she looks much younger than her age, which is why these idiot busybody types feel free to insult her and treat her so rudely.

      Then she got into conversation with two elderly women who were so mixed up about the rules that they thought the 10pm curfew (on pubs and restaurants) applied to us all, we had to be off the streets by 10pm. Incredible stuff. People don’t know whether they’re coming or going.

      You are so right about that underlying feeling of depression – we can only keep invoking Our Lady of Fatima – I’ve added that prayer to everything now, after Grace, Morning Offering etc. Any formal prayers, I add “Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us”. Signed Saint Patricia 😀

    • Elizabeth,

      I think every family is going through divisions due to different opinions about it. That’s one of the worst things about it

      The way we are being watched everywhere and having to go along with so many ridiculous rules, is just terribly depressing. I’m getting more and more fed up of the whole business. I now hate what the politicians are doing, every one of them. They are all enjoying making life difficult for us, I believe that because I know that none of the restrictions are necessary. No government can eradicate a virus – I’ve read that on here many times and it is just so true. Yet they keep talking as if they can do that. Even with a vaccine they can’t get rid of the virus, otherwise we wouldn’t have the flu every year. They really do think we’re all thick.

  3. I have also experienced Elizabeth’s underlying depression, not so much over the USA version of the lockdown, which is nowhere as vicious as the UK, but from the well-financed (understatement of the year) efforts of the hate-America NWO leftists to create anarchy and overthrow the government. Their “social justice” brown shirts pop up everywhere, it seems, well-prepared with the tools of their violent trade: Molotov cocktails, bricks, costumes, etc. that are supplied in advance via trucks that come from …. ?

    Also depressing is the apparent turtle’s pace at which the FBI and the Dept. of Justice are identifying the source of funds for these trained thugs. This activity has been going on since the Obama “administration.” You would think our government agents might have a well-developed list, by now, of who’s doing what to whom and who’s paying for it. I saw a headline yesterday that such a list does exist, but where is the action to shut this down?

    Of some, rather limited consolation is to remind myself of the state of mind of the Apostles in-between the Passion and Death of Our Lord and His Resurrection. They were in hiding, probably very confused and afraid – a mental state which was shortly erased (though it took St. Thomas a bit longer to re-boot his hard drive…).

    So when all seems lost is the point where victory will come. Meanwhile, keep praying for Our Lady to strengthen the voices of truth. I’ve been praying that daily as a Rosary intention for at least 2 months now, and judging from what’s developing all over the West, it’s working. Here’s that prayer again:

    “For Our Lady of Fatima to bless, strengthen, amplify, increase and stir up the voices of truth across the Christian West, and to cast a cloud of darkness and confusion over the voices of lies, by the instruments of Our Lord’s Holy Passion and Death.”

    I don’t know if “Keep Britain Free” is Catholic, but it would certainly help if they used that prayer as well.

    Also, even better, the Holy Face prayers:

    1. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and all the other instruments of His Holy Passion, that Thou mayest put division in the camp of Thine enemies, for as Thy Beloved Son hath said, “A kingdom divided against itself shall fall.”

    -Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before His face!
    -May the thrice Holy Name of God split them up by disagreements!
    -May the Holy Name of the Living God overthrow all their plans!
    -May the terrible Name of the God of Eternity stamp out all their godlessness!
    -Lord, I do not desire the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    2. May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable, Most Incomprehensible and Ineffable Name of God be praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

    3. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with blood, sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers and for the profaners of the Holy Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday.”

  4. The following letter, sent to Nicola Sturgeon, has just arrived in my inbox – I do not know the author, so I publish the text of the letter for the consolation of us all. There ARE Scots who realise that this is not remotely about any virus… Deo gratias!

    Dear First Minister,

    Sometimes I struggle to believe what is happening, that such vast numbers of people have bought into every detail of a scenario which has been built upon a bed of lies. I equally struggle to believe that anyone of good conscience, could continue to stand up in Parliament and implement policies which are not only unnecessary and unsubstantiated, but are known to be causing continuous destruction to people’s lives, wellbeing, and to this country as a whole.

    There is no Pandemic right now. Yes, I said it, there is no Pandemic right now.

    A story about a virus, the details of which have continually changed, has changed the very details of our society and how we interact, how we love and care for each other, even within our own families; how we go about every movement of our lives.

    People who are not sick, being classed as dangerous and confined to their homes. People who are not sick being tested & those positive cases of healthy people being used to manipulate waves of fear and justify further government control.

    The asymptomatic lie has been one of the biggest building blocks of the whole story. We are yet to see any hard evidence to support it, yet the theory continues to impact every part of our social interaction.

    ‘Cases’ are positive tests, but nobody is necessarily sick. Why is there no distinction made between cases and infections? The two are conflated but they are not the same. You don’t report whether someone is sick, because this invisible and clearly (in many cases) unharmful virus has work to do, the government has work to do in using it to literally change the whole of society.

    When the government ran out of deaths to report, then they started reporting ‘cases’, because they couldn’t let the fear settle, nobody was to relax. You said in a recent briefing, words to the effect of “wherever you are, imagine Coronavirus is in the room with you” but this is a lie & it is psychological warfare and I believe that you know it. You want everyone to remain scared and on edge, so that people will do whatever you say, to ‘comply’, as you say.

    But why should we believe what you say, when you stood up at the start of lockdown and told us this was all being implemented to protect the vulnerable, yet the most vulnerable were left to die?

    While the government harped on and on about how lockdown was necessary to protect the vulnerable, the vulnerable were sentenced to death in care homes. While the elderly died, you stood up and continued to pretend that this was all being done for people’s health and to ‘protect the vulnerable’. People were not only left to die, but left to die alone, cut off from their family. This is one of the greatest offences against human dignity, to deny someone a loved one, at the hour of their death.

    You have been hailed as a hero, surrounded by the applause of a nation taking your every instruction, but you have stood up and preached on a mountain of deception and dishonesty. The truth is, you are not to be trusted.

    99.7%. This is the figure we are looking at in terms of surviving this virus. This is not the deadly virus you continue to claim it is.

    Yet here we are, believing this is a genuine Pandemic. The Pandemic is the Politicians & the Media. Politicians and journalists desperately scraping the barrel for more that they can use to build hysteria and continue separating loved ones, separating friends, shutting the doors of our own homes, shutting down businesses, shutting our churches, muzzling us, distancing us, preparing us for a vaccine we do.not.need.

    On the bright side, it does seem that more and more people are seeing the penny drop. More people are seeing that 2+2 does not equal 5. More and more people are seeing the inconsistent, non evidence based, contradictory rules and policies for what they are. More and more people are realising the disproportionate response is aimed more at control, than any effort to help anyone. More and more medical professionals are speaking up, even at the risk of their own career, because stifling the truth is too much to bear and the truth always breaks free in the end.

    As the number of those questioning things increases, so do the chances of withstanding the destructive force that is at work in the name of ‘saving lives’.

    If the government truly cared for our health they would care about health in all areas. In the UK, around 450 people die of cancer every single day. Is that reported in the daily briefings? We know that cancer has a 50% survival rate, a far more deadly statistic than Covid, and now we are going to see hundreds if not thousands more die of cancer in coming months and years because screenings were stopped during lockdown. This is not about our health.

    This is about our freedom, about a societal upheaval and restructure, impacting the very nature of our lives as human beings and how we interact with each other.

    Right before lockdown started in the UK, this situation was downgraded from being an emergency, yet it went ahead anyway so the government could try to pretend the lockdown ‘worked’. Meanwhile, Sweden set out a completely different plan and proved that it wasn’t lockdown which ‘worked’ at all.

    2 + 2 does not equal 5. There is no Pandemic right now.

    The fact of the matter is, given the reality of the situation and not the illusion you have created – You have no right or authority to divide families, friends, church communities. You have no right or authority to say who can and cannot enter someone’s private property. You have no right or authority to ruin people’s livelihoods and educations. You have no right or authority to destroy the economy. You have no right or authority to stop a person worshipping God in the place of worship they attend. You have no right and authority to psychologically torment a nation, with Propaganda and unsubstantiated statements.

    Please, for once in 2020, stand up and tell the truth and leave this nation to return to the normality that it can and should have.

    There is no Pandemic right now.

    Sincerely… Ends.

    • Editor,

      That letter is fantastic. It would be good to print it off and spread it around. I especially liked this paragraph:

      “If the government truly cared for our health they would care about health in all areas. In the UK, around 450 people die of cancer every single day. Is that reported in the daily briefings? We know that cancer has a 50% survival rate, a far more deadly statistic than Covid, and now we are going to see hundreds if not thousands more die of cancer in coming months and years because screenings were stopped during lockdown. This is not about our health.”

      People need to know the facts and they need to know that the government is not giving us the facts. I can never remember numbers and statistics, so I think this letter is so good that if I can do it, I’ll spread it around the people I know. It might prove to them that I’m not actually a conspiracy theorist, LOL!

    • Editor,

      Outstanding. One small correction: not only is there “no Pandemic right now,” there never was one to begin with. It is a mild case of the flu which has been sold as a deadly pandemic, in order to achieve sinister ends.

      • RCA Victor,

        Spot on, as ever. The “experts” even told us right at the start, that for most people – even elderly in good enough health – who become infected, the virus will be harmless. Most will recover, and that has turned out to be true.

    • This letter is fantastic. I plan to print it off and hand it out to people I meet. Every day, I tell at least one person about this blog, even if I don’t leave the house. I tell the post man, or if I’m on the phone on a business call. I was talking to a lady from the Philippines who was helping me with my instant ink printer. I tell everyone and anyone. I ask them to put it on Facebook. I met two strangers in the Asda queue today, and gave the the link. I told two older women in my local village who seemed interested, I also told an American when in the phone to someone from Virginia. We need to pass it on to as many as we can to alert people. Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us. Hopefully we can lead people to the Faith through people looking around the website and blog.

      • Catherine,

        Thank you! That’s a brilliant apostolate. Let’s hope the people you’ve met (and will meet), visit us here and read the excellent contributions from our bloggers. And of course, they are welcome to sign up to comment as well, ask questions, whatever.

        As President Trump would say…. great job! 😀

  5. The turmoil caused by this public health “crisis”, the lockdown and continuing restrictions will most likely get worse. Of course God can repair and will, but this will take the consecration of Russia, as we are seeing communism overtaking the UK and the world using the Covid 1984 as the excuse for global totalitarianism. Kate Shemirani talks about the current tyranny in the UK. She asks all to read the Public Health Act 1984 which has been updated but which gives the UK Government the right to come into our homes, remove us and our children and then have our home destroyed. We can then be sent to a re-education place, where pets are also destroyed. She advises us to watch Boris Johnson’s speech at the UN last year where he speaks of a “Fast Army” response team who can come into our Schools for our Children. She is also great on pro-life. Do people know that even to get in an ambulance in the UK, you will be tested! She also warns us to stock up on food and most important know their plans and choose your side and ACT.

    We have to resist and Act now before it is too late!

    Please watch and circulate this Video widely

  6. N O T I C E . . .

    Athanasius has asked me to post his apologies for being absent from the blog in recent days. He is swamped with work but will be back asap. I told him there will be no pay deducted but he’s blown his Christmas bonus… 😀

  7. Here’s a surprise, or maybe half a surprise: the Governor of New York, one of the most corrupt empty suits in the Democrat Party, a guy up to his neck in the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal, has said publicly that he doesn’t trust the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) to deliver a safe vaccine!

    Of course, he tried to link the FDA to Trump as the cause of that, but as usual, he flubbed his lines.

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/09/25/cuomo-i-dont-trust-the-fda-on-vaccine-and-people-shouldnt/

    • RCA Victor,

      That was illuminating.

      I then clicked on the link to their report on the London protest and – what a difference! They show photos of the massive crowd, and name and quote speakers. Unlike the black-out on details over here. It’s astounding. I posted a comment to that effect on that site and then scrolled down to read some of the other comments – this quote from George Orwell’s novel (now turned reality), 1984…

      “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship….”

      —–George Orwell, ‘1984’

      And here’s how mischevious the media is – here’s an extract from the Sky News report (the tactic is always to portray protesters as extremists and conspiracy theoriests):

      Among the speakers who argued that they were standing up for freedom of expression and human rights was conspiracy theorist David Icke, who was met with repeated chants of “freedom”.

      They don’t quote the doctors/professors who spoke – just David Icke who had a nervous breakdown some years ago when he was interviewed saying some crazy things. He’s not been allowed to live that down.

      The media just cannot be trusted in the UK. They lie as often and as easily as some of us eat chocolate…

      • Editor,

        I think “mischievous” is much too charitable an adjective to describe the media. Professional liars, traitors, fifth columnists, Bolshevik lapdogs? Now we’re talkin’!

        • Agreed, RCA Victor, agreed.

          I’ve been commenting on that Breitbart blog and laughed heartily at some of the comments – here’s one…

          They think freedom means being able to choose between Tik Tok and Instagram. That’s what my grandfather died at Dunkirk for, apparently.

          And for Americans and some English, they’ve got Sturgeon sussed out, big time! Alleluia!

              • Editor.

                Thank you for the RebelNews link. It’s very interesting in that Victor did break the law as is shown by this comment:

                “David Baker
                Actually he did break the law (not that I agree with it ) but the moment he was given a directive (and he was) he should have walked away and come back later out side of the directive. It sucks but they have always been able to do that . Always clarify with the police if they are giving a directive, if they say yes (which they rarely do ) obey it and complain later the more people that do this the more chance we have of getting them to be more careful about their directives.“

                The commenter makes a good point here, but that given it still doesn’t excuse the seemingly power hungry behaviour of the police unless they’re under orders to do so.

                IMHO COVID has brought out the worse in the police.

            • MaryW52

              That is indeed a brilliant essay by Peter Hitchins. The man has a great insight into events, both historical and current, and a superb talent for expressing with precision the thoughts and feelings of so many frustrated fellow human beings. He has this Covid-19 con down to a tee.

            • MaryW52,

              I’ve just read that Peter Hitchens article and it is really great. He has so much knowledge (he once lived in the Soviet Union) and he shoots from the hip. If only we had his like in Parliament.

            • MaryW,

              That is a truly fabulous article by Peter Hitchens. I have selected the following extract to post here (but, bloggers, the entire article is well worth reading – first class.) This extract, though, is dynamite – and at one time, as Hitchens points out, it would have be enough to bring down any government…

              Look and you will see that some wear [the face masks] with a sort of pride. But most look baffled and captive, as if they are peering out through a slot in a wall behind which they have found themselves trapped. And the constant sight — on streets, in stations, in shops and on TV — of thousands of others, likewise suppressed, maintains the fear, alarm and panic which the government must now preserve for the foreseeable future.

              Most people quite like being afraid of something, and many dislike freedom and the responsibility that comes with it

              Those who think this is scaremongering need to read an astonishing document still far too little known to the general public. It is a paper submitted to the government’s own SAGE committee on 22 March 2020, and it has the heading “Persuasion”. The key segment reads:

              Perceived threat
              : A substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened; it could be that they are reassured by the low death rate in their demographic group, although levels of concern may be rising. Having a good understanding of the risk has been found to be positively associated with adoption of Covid-19 social distancing measures in Hong Kong. The perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent [my emphasis], using hard-hitting emotional messaging. To be effective this must also empower people by making clear the actions they can take to reduce the threat.

              There is not a lot to add to that – it’s astounding! I mean, it’s exactly what I / most of us here already know, but it’s astounding to see it written in a government document – they’re deliberately keeping us in fear.

  8. Alan Jones, Sky News Australia, reports that Sanjeev Sabhlok, an economist resigned from his post in Victoria’s Department of Finance within the past week. His reason, ‘To be free to speak out against the State’s management of Covid 19’.

    Covid 19 was never a pandemic to begin with and cannot be compared to the “Spanish Flu” of
    1918/1919.

    I agree with Michaela, post of yesterday at 9.40pm about the letter written to Nicola Sturgeon. That letter is indeed excellent. Covid 19 never was a pandemic.

    • RCA Victor,

      I think the evidence against this virus being anything of note is now so damning that it’s really laughable to think that so many people are still “believers”. Yet, like the members of any other cult, they are determined to hold firm to what their leader tells them. Crackers.

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