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Letter: Consequences

Bert de Vink of Quesnel considers the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic

Editor,

Human beings are one of the most, if not the most, social dependent creatures on earth.

Other social creatures such as lions, wolves and orcas hunt in packs and are socially dependent on each other. As humans we are socially dependent, but our leaders are not pack leaders, they are kings, emperors, dictators, presidents, and prime ministers who are in charge of countries. The only exception is the pope who rules over the International Roman Catholic Church whose headquarter have been in Rome since the Roman Empire.

The big difference is that humans can imagine and believe in things that are not visible. We used to trade and barter which already made us different. When barter became a limitation to trade, mints were used as a value. This happened already thousands of years ago when the Egyptian and Phoenician Empires used mints as a value. The consequences of accepting mints as a value were enormous because mints were the forerunners of our present financial system.

Mass production, one of the latest inventions of the human brain has changed this world physically and mentally forever. The whole world became involved in international trading thereby increasing the amount of mass produced items and luxury consumer goods.

International travel made it possible that the COVID-19 pandemic is now worldwide and causing extreme havoc mentally and financially.

The financial world is wobbling and the Canadian government is printing and handing out billions of dollars to stem the tide. It is quite possible that tide-stemming is a lengthy process, when considering the damage that has been done. However there is a light point and that is the whole world came together and made music at the same time. A first in world history. It made me feel a happier Homo Sapien.

Bert de Vink

Quesnel, B.C.

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