You Aren’t Crazy or Overexaggerating

Walter Mwasi Williams III
7 min readMar 26, 2022
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Perhaps, it would be just a bit of an understatement, if I were to say an increasing number of us are feeling a tad anxious, as of late.

It’s important that we don’t panic and remain calm. That, and it’s damn near impossible to properly transcribe a long, primal scream of existential anguish, accompanied by a deep sense of mourning for our species. Let alone, turning it all into an intelligible piece.

Maybe, you question if you’re overreacting to the state of things in the world? Are you wondering if everything has been as crazy as it feels? Or is it just you?

Well, let’s take just a brief glance back at roughly the last 4 to 5 years.

Let’s start with the biggest elephant in the room first. The first wave of the coronavirus pandemic was unlike anything many of us ever experienced. We watched the plague run rampant and life nosily screeching to a grinding halt. We lost so many people to the virus. We learned of the frequently lonely, awful, suffocating, miserable way these victims died. The reality is already so grotesque, tragic, and painful, before we even as much touch on the politics that were intentionally projected onto an indiscriminate microorganism, with unforgivable consequences.

During quarantine, and stay at home orders, alcohol consumption rose a reported 54% (1) across the nation. During these lockdowns in the U.S, and the rest of the world, several studies revealed an alarming increase in domestic violence or calls for help reporting such (28). In places like Hubei, China, there is an estimated 300% increase in domestic violence. While, back in the U.S, we saw increases like 18% in San Antonio, 22% in Portland, and 10% in New York City. But these are considered conservative estimates (29). Any amount is far too much.

You remember the politics I mentioned with coronavirus? A lot of that had to do with QAon. In the span of only 2 years, millions of Americans have experienced the loss of multiple loved ones. They mourn the loss of grandparents, parents, children, cousins, friends, and even spouses, all taken away either by the ravages of coronavirus, the increasing cult mentality of QAnon (2)(3) (4), or sometimes both. There is a genuinely disturbing similarity between losing someone to the virus or QAnon, as both can…

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