When the circuit breaker trips…unplug, repair or change the appliance.

So the Singapore government just implemented the ‘circuit breaker’ to control the spread of the virus here. Schools have shut their classrooms, and students have embarked on HBL or Home Based Learning. Businesses and people are now working from home. It’s going to take great effort and lots of time to adjust to the changes. 

However all the outward actions will come to naught if people still cannot understand or comprehend the impact of their actions. There have been reports and videos of people loitering and still congregating in public. Yes the authorities  can threatened with fines and other punitive measures, including temporary laws to prevent private gatherings at home, but such measures may still not prevent and motivate many to do what is right to stem the current pandemic. Their actions will surely ‘trip’ the ‘circuit breaker’ and our efforts to slow the spread.

Circuit breakers trip for many reasons. They trip due to overloads, short circuits, and grounding faults. Besides the outwards measures, as individuals and as businesses, consider setting up the circuit breaker from within. While there’s lots of awareness about the virus, how it spreads and it’s effect, what’s missing is our attention to this awareness. 

We are still running on our habits. This virus is considered a ‘disruption’, a glitch, but times like these call for transformation and new habits, and not return to all our old ways again. 

Grounding-The way to develop these habits is for us to consciously pay attention to our own actions and choices—consider it our ‘grounding’ . 

Overload-It also demands a greater sense of community and responsibility and no longer a self-entitlement mindset— to prevent an overload. 

Short-circuit-We must refrain from the temptation of taking cheap short-cuts, to fix major issues or problems and adopt a more sustainable and holistic approach—or we will shot circuit the system over and over. 

One has to look at the clusters that are forming at the  foreign workers dormitories, to understand what this short circuit — short term, cheap, non sustainable solutions—means to us as a society and for the business and the damage it can cause. 

Until these are fixed, until we resolve the grounding issues, the overloading and short-circuits, the circuit will be overloaded and  the circuit breaker will keep on tripping over and over again.

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