Day 8: Death by Normalcy Bias

“Normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a cognitive bias which leads people to disbelieve or minimise threat warnings. Consequently, individuals underestimate the likelihood of a disaster, when it might affect them, and its potential adverse effects. The normalcy bias causes many people to not adequately prepare for natural disasters, pandemics, and calamities caused by human error. About 70% of people reportedly display normalcy bias during a disaster. The normalcy bias can manifest in response to warnings about disasters and actual catastrophes. Such disasters include pandemics, natural disasters, and war.” Wikipedia

Death By Normalcy Bias
Cas Reeves 2012
 
If I told you the truth, 
You'd never believe me.
When I talk vaccines, 
Eugenics and what it means,
I get "The government's good! 
They always do what they should."
The evidence doesn’t matter; 
You've made up your mind.
You must be insane 
If you think WHO is kind.
They're all in collusion 
It’s not a delusion.
The people at the top 
Have reached the conclusion,
To rule as ‘one’ solution 
Based on evolution.
Take note while there's a chance 
And make a song and dance.
But you never believe me, you laugh:
"Go and take a pill! 
Have a sleep and chill!"
The 'normalcy bias' is going kill us all
And there are not enough pills,
To take away the pain,
Of knowing 
I might not be insane.
Don’t you notice how the News depresses?
While the truth it represses?
Has the world ended yet?
How bad can it get?
A bus crash, another flood,
Lots of war, watch royal blood.
Fire, famine, take your pick.
Movie stars, hot and thick.
You think you’re well,
But you might be sick.
A little joy, a baby goose.
Politicians, morals lose.
Weather, sport, who gives a hoot?
Robbers take, banker’s loot!
Can’t you see the insanity?
America we may not be,
But their News we’re forced to see.
Dear Lord deliver me,
From FOX News and NBC,
Don’t let us die of normalcy.
‘You’re paranoid!’ In my case, schizoaffective disorder is a combination of bipolar and schizophrenia. It’s like having a million lights flashing all at once and you are sure there’s a pattern and you keep trying to understand. Certainly, there have been times when I have been ‘symptomatically paranoid’. Yet, re-reading this poem from 2012, in light of the situation in the world today, it’s hard to know. Is it paranoia if it’s true? I turn to Father God and bury my head like a little girl in his arms to hide.

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