My standard won't move, it is now part of our History, but I will, I have to. I have served my fourteen days.
Any pretense of normalcy can be discarded, it is fine to do that. Many warriors have never been able to defeat Phobos or Deimos and are now stuck in their mortal coils, they cannot move. They are frozen in place on this battlefield, their rictus caused by these two. If you have been thinking that your kahuna has power in these times then you are most likely beset by doubt now, few kahunas have seen a wave of this power, the very ylem moves. Look around this place, doughty minds destroyed, whining about small pleasures they have lost while thousands die around them. They name this terrible foe "disruption" or "flu" and pretend it will just go away, their inability to function is real. They are like fighters who have lost an entire limb in the melee and try to pick it up and fix it back in place, leave them be, they are useless, YOU CANNOT HELP THEM. Not only are they useless their inability to take even the simplest action in the face of this enemy is dangerous, their uninformed prattling will kill many near them. Look to your own standards and remove the pennants of those that have fallen or failed to act for you. If your church or your nation or your business has failed to protect the things that you love, then remove that pennant from your own standard. I have no blazon to give you but your arms must be changed if you are to succeed in this fight. If you believe there is a kahuna who has seen a wave like this then please, let them stand forth.
I went to get gas yesterday. I buy my gas a full tank at a time now, I used to buy just enough to get the Airmiles but no longer, every exposure to contact matters and I am focused on not getting infected for as long as I can. Convenience store door handles and gas pump handles are both obvious hot spots. People seemed oblivious, person after person walked through the door of the convenience store or grabbed gas pump handles with no hand protection whatsoever. They came out with their ice cream bars and their energy drinks and smokes like this was just a totally normal day. In the next few weeks thousands upon thousands of Albertans will get ill and many will die. The getting ill can be avoided, the dying can be avoided. But if you simply cannot face the change and are sitting there trying to shape this battle to your comfort zone you have already lost. It really is a time when we get to decide what tomorrow will bring. This is not a disruption, it is not a flu, it is not something that has happened before. This should be obvious to all those whose faces or speech are not frozen in a rictus of terror or fear.