A million deaths is a statistic. But one death is a tragedy

A word of caution for all of us…. as situation everywhere is worsening. Many are venturing to go out as many of us suffer from ‘Optimism Bias’.

We see people who are fed up of the lockdown and telling themselves that nothing will happen to them.
That’s mainly because they haven’t experienced any tragedy in their own family or circle.

This is Optimism Bias at play. It is the belief that each of us is more likely to experience good outcomes and less likely to experience bad outcomes. The key to optimism bias is that we disregard the reality of an overall situation because we think we are excluded from the potential negative effects. So, it’s just a psychological trap, nothing else.

Remember a quote from Joseph Stalin, A million deaths is a statistic. But one death is a tragedy.

It’s like if we read the news that 10,000 people died, it doesn’t affect us that way, as a single death of someone we know, does. Because when it’s a single death, we get to attach the name, story and narrative of that person and feel emotional about it, but a million deaths is indifferent to our psyche. This is another psychological trap.

So, the bottom-line is, that no matter how social norms are being relaxed, stay alert, cautious and extra vigilant, as if it’s still an EMERGENCY, because it still is! Stay safe and go outside only if it is must. And follow all the precautions without fail. Take extreme Care

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