Ze French Coronavirus Chronicles, 4
This morning I read about a little family whose daddy’s a stressed man who can not function properly if he doesn’t run his good 12 km (7.5 miles) everyday, thus he watches TV all day long.
This made me think about boredom, with the consecutive metaphors we find on the social medias – confinement is like being in a prison (home), or in an animal in a zoo.
I wrote this article – Big Boredom – about the ways people find to fight.
- Evasion, with pills, alcohol or drugs?
- Engagement, with politics or religion, rules?
- Moderation, with culture, knowledge, watching the world?
- Pushing limits, with speed, danger, exploration?
One seems possible with booze (how do you buy drugs if you’re not allowed to go outside?), but without seeing people and staying inside, it could lead to disaster, right? Two is possible on the Internet, with the ridiculous risk to become an angry fool wanting to change others (hahaha). Three sounds wise. And Four is out of the question – or maybe you can throw yourself into domestic bodybuilding (push-ups).
Heroes are people working in hospitals. But some other heroes are those who go on working because they are essential to society : delivery guys, cashiers, funeral people, mailmen…
Some companies in France will pay 1000 Euros ($1076) for this month to employees who kept working during this crisis. And next month?
OK there’s a new hashtag : #quarantinediaries
I found an interesting article about how hashtags are misused :
We alternate movies. One evening is for happy, funny, easy movies, the other evening is for a bit more serious movies. We don’t binge. I find it awful, exhausting.
Yesterday we watched a children movie, “The Secret Life of Pets 2“. It immediately came to me that it was a film for children… made for children.
Most Pixar movies are, for example, children movies made for adults, or “made also for adults”. Many little boys ADORE “Cars”, but don’t understand the plot :
While traveling for the final race of a Cup against, the famous Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of a small town and is sentenced to repair it. McQueen has to work hard and finds friendship and love in the simple locals, changing its values during his stay, and becoming a true winner.
Two-years-olds adore. Lightning McQueen, fast car! (that’s all). Many kids like characters and a few twists and turns, but they simply don’t understand the movie. It’s often the case with Star Wars…
Here, the plot is simple, the characters are cute, it’s full of colors, the evil character is simple, and… it’s fun!!
I always watch this dial in movies for kids : where’s the “adult dial” here, where is it?
There’s a scandal in France concerning a diary written Leila Slimani, for whom the quarantine is a “fairy tale”. Confinement when you have a country house is cool, it’s like a big holiday, she watches the horizon. If you want to read some French, Google her name + “journal”. For example :
The medias like to show idiots in malls with dozens of toilet paper packs. Hoarding, panic buying. Yeah, that’s too much, but if you’re informed and know that you’ll be quarantined, you have to “stock up” food. I began way way before the decision – I was just watching how things were moving – I was buying double at the moment : cans, rice, who knows. I don’t have a car thus I had to, little by little.
This disease is a mess. If you need a respirator, you’re intubated for 3 weeks! I read Chinese diaries. You don’t get the virus if you don’t get out at all.
Confined, you are allowed to go errand, but, well, let’s do it the less possible, OK? Therefore, you fill your car, go home, and stay there. That’s not hoarding, that’s normal!
Yesterday I’ve seen a man walking in the street with a single French baguette. Come on, guys!
A writer here made a Twitter survey : what, apart from alcohol which is non-negotiable, is the food you have to stock up? It seems that two camps appeared :
It is true that we all look like people in Hopper’s painting…
I met two Latin expressions recently :
Hic Sunt Dragones
Wiki : “Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist.
- I thought that we were today in a Hic Sunt Dragones state in the world. Uncharted territory!
- I thought also about… when you are in the beginning of exploring a new cultural field (Italian cinema? Civil War battles? Picasso’s sculptures?). This state of hungriness.
- I thought about when we begin a new love story. We are then… deterritorialized, right?
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Wiki : “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” is a Latin phrase that means “Thus passes the glory of the world”.
So it’s said as a reminder of the transitory nature of life and earthly honors. Therefore it could also be “Memento mori” (remember that you must die), This too shall pass, and Vanitas. There’s a whole development about Memento Mori on Wikipedia
Wherewhen do people use these? I should Google it a little to find out…
In the end : nunc est bibendum (now is the time to drink)
Thanks for reading! Stay safe!