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The coronavirus crisis:

Written by Alain Pilote on Friday, 01 May 2020. Posted in Editorial

A time to reflect and to change

We cannot ignore the matter. Today’s coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19 (an acronym for COronaVirus Infectious Disease 2019) is unique and could well change history. It is not mankind’s first encounter with a pandemic: the bubonic plague in the 1300s took the lives of 30 to 50% of Europe’s population within a five year span and caused the deaths of some 25 million victims. In 1918-1919, the Spanish Flu affected more than one-third of the world’s population, killing an estimated 30 to 100 million people.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a turn never before seen. Society was changed overnight. More than half of the world’s population is locked down. Work has essentially stopped unless it is deemed essential; sports and cultural events have been cancelled, sit-down restaurants shut, schools are closed and people restricted in their movements and association, etc. Public Masses are forbidden, something unheard of since the Roman Empire and the catacombs. Even during the 1st and 2nd World Wars, public Masses were not suspended and no communist dictator, including Stalin, Lenin, Mao and others, succeeded in preventing the offering of public Masses.

Two new words or expressions have been added to our vocabulary: social distancing and confinement (also known as lockdown). These are the very opposite of normal life. We are told we must ‘shelter in place’ to get through this. We are told that lives will be saved by staying at home and doing nothing. During these days of confinement, demonstrating love and duty no longer include visiting our relatives and the elderly, but rather, in not doing so.

The world is standing on its head. Confinement is proving to be very difficult and everyone is becoming unhinged to one degree or another. A climate of fear is exacerbated by snitch lines. A neighbour or co-worker could infect us with the virus, and people are unhesitant in reporting any perceived slack in sanitary standards. Common trust is at its lowest. Sadly, this is the opposite of social credit.

The shutting of economic activities has led to worry and anxiety. Many people have lost their sources of income and do not know if they will be able to meet their mortgage payments and feed their families. Governments have had to disburse emergency payments to individuals and businesses, at the cost of indebting themselves (society) like never before. Some day, the debts will have to be paid. On the other hand, Douglas’ Social Credit Dividend would be providing income in a logical, efficient and effective way and without relying on debt-based financing.

All are hoping for an early return to normal life. No one knows whether and when this will happen. Instead, we are told that things will never be as before, that the future will hold a “new normal”. We know that the world will change, that many jobs are gone forever and that we might be required to wear face coverings for years to come.

It is a known fact that world financiers have been working for a long time to create a One World Government, whether by force or by consent, as Paul Warburg told the American Senate in 1950. It would appear that the COVID-19 pandemic might just be what they needed to implement their plan.

From a spiritual point of view, what meaning could the pandemic have? Is it a chastisement, a punishment from God? No, it is a warning. God loves us infinitely and wants our salvation. In His omnipotence, God turns evil into a greater good. In the present situation, God uses a virus, one He has allowed to persist, to awaken us, to pull us out of our slumber.

In fact, we are experiencing positive offshoots. We are locked in so we can use the occasion to reflect on what is truly essential and to pray as a family and reflect on consumer society and our consumption patterns. Furthermore, during this episode we can see the real limitations of the financial system and trends toward globalization. The world’s finance elites will attempt to impose a tyrannical one-world government. Why not advance a financial system solution that is respectful of individuals and contrary to centralized control? This system, Economic Democracy as taught by Douglas and Louis Even, features a Social Dividend payment to each person that would guarantee security and freedom to all persons within a truly love-filled civilization. The pandemic can be either a punishment or a blessing. It is for you and all in society to decide. And if we make the correct choice, “everything will be alright” as they say.

About the Author

Alain Pilote

Alain Pilote

Alain Pilote has been the editor of the English edition of MICHAEL for several years. Twice a year we organize a week of study of the social doctrine of the Church and its application and Mr. Pilote is the instructor during these sessions.


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