There are claims that people predicted COVID-19 before it stormed onto the world stage. One example involves the Gyud-Zhi, which is a 2,500 – year old Tibetan medical text that tends to be brought up in the context of traditional Tibetan medicine. Supposedly, it predicts a terrible epidemic with symptoms such as fever, coughing, weakness, dark pimples, and breathing problems that would show up in the Kali Yuga. Something that has to be combated through the use of herbs, the chanting of mantras, and the maintenance of mental calm.
According to the ancient text some of the human behaviours like being greedy, selfishness, misuse of spiritual powers, wars, religious fighting etc disrupt the maras (spirits) as well as the Dakinis (gods and goddesses) which ultimately causes the epidemic to spread among humans by breathing and then turns into a pandemic.
Another example would be the claim that COVID-19 was predicted by a Bulgarian mystic called Baba Vanga, who was believed to possess supernatural powers by a considerable number of people in Eastern Europe.
Regardless, interested individuals should be very careful before they start making serious decisions with serious consequences based on ancient knowledge of dubious veracity. The ancients were just as smart as we are. However, the ancients were also working with a much smaller base of knowledge than that which is available to us, which is why modern medicine is so much more capable than its ancient counterparts. For proof, look no further than the fact that living in an epidemic still seems so alien to us whereas it would’ve been a matter of horrifying routine for our predecessors. After all, the reason that the ancients could write so vividly about epidemics in apocalyptic visions is because so many of them had either first or second-hand experience with such.
Why are people so eager to believe in Conspiracy Theories about COVID-19?
In any case, there has been an explosion of conspiracy theories as well as other far-out beliefs about COVID-19 in recent months. This is unfortunate. However, this is understandable.
Fundamentally, we like to make sense of things. When we make sense of things, we exercise a measure of control, thus enabling us to feel better about whatever it is that is bothering us. The truth about COVID-19 is unsatisfying. Instead, it is much more comforting for people to believe that COVID-19 was caused by human forces. In part, this is because this provides believers with a target to focus upon. However, it should also be noted that human forces are not beyond us in the same way as the random occurrences of the universe, which is a very unwelcome reminder of how precarious human civilization can be in spite of the remarkable advancements that our species has made in recent centuries.
Of course, COVID-19 also creates the conditions that are perfect for the spread of conspiracy theories. As mentioned earlier, the fear causes more people to spend more time looking for a way to soothe that fear. Furthermore, the isolation means that many people are cut off from their social networks, thus worsening this effect while isolating them from people who can prevent them from stumbling into this particular pitfall. Once people start believing one conspiracy theory, they become more prone to believing other conspiracy theories and other far-out beliefs. Something that can send them into a vicious cycle as their former social network falls away while they become more and more in-tune with likeminded believers.