In the mid-80s, the world felt like living in a war zone. Young men died very quickly. I’d see someone who looked healthy one week, and within a few weeks, the local paper would publish their obituary.

Over the years, I’ve lost track of how many friends have died from AIDS; it’s well into the hundreds. But at every funeral, when reading every obituary, I always thought I’d be next.

Now, we have Covid-19. The script looks the same.

We are now involved in another deadly episode in the historic battle of man versus microbe.

These clashes have shaped the course of human evolution and history. We have seen the face of our enemy, in this case, a little virus. By the end of 2019, the global death toll from HIV was roughly 33 million people. In all, 76 million people have been infected, and scientists estimate another 1.7 million people acquire the virus every year.

Science leaps into the darkness, the very edge of human knowledge. That is where we begin as if deep in a cave, chipping away at a wall of hard stone. You do not know what you will find on the other side. Some people chip away for a lifetime, only to accumulate a pile of flakes. We may be in for a protracted pandemic or get lucky with effective treatments and vaccines.

But we have been here before, facing an unknown viral enemy, and we can lean on lessons we have learned. This is not the first and will not be the last global epidemic.

We’re going to become extinct,” the eminent scientist Frank Fenner said. “Whatever we do now is too late.” Fenner is an authority on extinction. The emeritus professor in microbiology at the Australian National University played a leading role in sending one species into oblivion: the variola virus that causes smallpox. And his work on the myxoma virus suppressed wild rabbit populations on farming land in southeastern Australia in the early 1950s.

His deep understanding of evolution had never diminished his fascination with observing it in the field. That understanding was shaped by studies of every scale, from the molecular level to the ecosystem and planetary levels. … Fenner said the real trouble is the population explosion and “unbridled consumption.”

The number of Homo sapiens is projected to exceed 7.8 billion this year, according to the UN. With delays in firm action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Fenner was pessimistic. “We’ll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island,” he said. “Climate change is just at the very beginning. But we see remarkable changes in the weather already.

“The Aborigines showed that without science and the production of carbon dioxide and global warming, they could survive for 40,000 or 50,000 years. But the world can’t. The human species is likely to go the same way as many of the species that we’ve seen disappear.”

“Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years,” he stated. “A lot of other animals will, too. It’s an irreversible situation. I think it’s too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off. “Mitigation would slow things down a bit, but there are too many people here already.”… “As the population keeps growing to seven, eight or nine billion, there will be a lot more wars over food,” he declared.

“The grandchildren of today’s generations will face a much more difficult world.”

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

LEADERS  on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

LEADERS on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Freddy de Freitas

The world is in crisis. Our leaders are in crisis.

Economies are unwinding; jobs are disappearing – and our spirit is being tested.

There is no longer any doubt that climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency.

COVID-19 pandemic

There are many reasons to look back at 2020, but this year is likely to be remembered for just one thing: the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 79 million confirmed COVID-19 cases globally, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Herbert Marcuse, a German-American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist, said: “what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.”

Leaders in crisis

Being sorrowful seems to be our time’s inclination, and more and more people whine about their sentiments of emptiness and sadness. But how did we get there? The financial crisis of the previous years, the pandemic, the war, and the general social and political instability are circumstantial circumstances that present. Even social media have played a vital purpose in the drugs, depression, and alcoholism rates rise in the last months.

In light of this, leaders must demonstrate compassion. But many researchers have shown that heart on its own is not enough.

There is a wrong and long-held belief that emotions should be “left at the door” when entering the workplace. Whatever is going on in our personal lives should be categorized as “dealt with” when we leave work.

COVID-19 has turned the enterprise world on its head, forcing many organizations across the globe to transform, and in some cases, discard their 2020 strategies and rethink how they succeed at a basic level.

A long road

As disruptive as the pandemic has been, marketing managers should not manage it as a one-time event that they can soldier through and then ignore. There will likely be a long road, term and lasting consequences from the virus and future turbulences, whether it’s an economic downturn, natural disaster, social upheaval, or another public health crisis. Thinkers need to equip their organizations with the tools and know-how to weather these kinds of hurricanes and create plans that lead them through growth and decline.

The global business market was already highly volatile before the pandemic. Now more than ever, corporations face enormous operational and emotional challenges. These organizations’ leaders must encourage resilience by understanding their defenselessness, susceptibility, weakness, vulnerabilities, and developing specific capabilities to compensate them within themselves and their enterprise.

Most of our leaders are having a midlife crisis, struggling with their mortality, and, somewhere during midlife, they are ditching some of their responsibilities in favor of fun. “Midlife crisis” often causes our society to picture mistresses and sports cars.

On many levels, midlife is a time when relationships and roles are changing. Some leaders may need to begin caring for aging parents during midlife. Others may become empty nesters—or they may feel as though their teenagers are growing up too fast.

Midlife turmoil

Midlife turmoil might bring about positive changes. Perhaps our leaders become more spiritual, or maybe they decide to begin volunteering, so they feel their lives have more meaning.

Empathy is the capacity to identify, interpret, and share the ideas, thoughts, opinions, views, beliefs, judgments, and feelings of another person, animal, or fictional character. Cultivating empathy is essential for building relationships, connections, and acting compassionately. It requires feeling another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own, and allows prosocial or helping roles that come from within, rather than being forced.

For effective leadership, empathy must be combined with wisdom, i.e., leadership competence and effectiveness. This often requires giving harsh feedback, making hard decisions that disappoint people, and, in some cases, laying people off. Showing compassion in leadership can’t come at the expense of wisdom and effectiveness. It would help if you had both. We have learned that leaders exhibit four different leadership styles that reflect different mixes of wisdom and compassion and the lack thereof. The optimal type is wise and compassionate leadership

the loser of the year

the loser of the year

Bolsonaro acts like a man who … was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing — himself. Nothing is expected under the Brazilian president. Bolsonaro’s presidency will end as it began. Without decency and dignity.

Companies Offer Paid Pet Bereavement Leave to Employees

Companies Offer Paid Pet Bereavement Leave to Employees

Losing a loved pet is one of the most challenging things for anyone to cope with. While others may not agree, it does entail a period of grief.

In the US, companies are now starting to come to terms with this. More and more are now offering their employees to take a few days of paid leave to grieve their companion’s loss properly.

Twenty-seven of married men  have sex with men

Twenty-seven of married men have sex with men

According to the Wendhausen Institut, about 27% of men have sex with men, but gay men are estimated to comprise about 6% of the population.

These figures suggest that about 21% of men have sex with men, although they do not identify themselves as gay. Nearly 25% of men in New York City were surveyed and identified as straight had sex exclusively with men, and almost 50% of married men had experienced sex with another man last year.

The Queen of Brazilian Psychodrama, Márcia Lopes, says: “homosexual practice does not mean that the block is homosexual”.