Done With Coronavirus Magical Thinking

Fear

The final straw came rather suddenly.

I’d just spent an hour navigating one way grocery aisles, doing my best not to get close to others, the wild eyed ones especially, as they can be unpredictable.  “No ma’am, I’m not trying to give you Covid, I merely want some tomatoes and your cart is in the way.”  Of course I can’t communicate this effectively with my stupid,  muzzle mask garbling the words and hiding my kind expression.

As I move up the now routine mile long checkout line I notice the cashier power washing the conveyer belt as if covered in raw sewage.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if conveyer belts soaked with sanitizer chemicals turned out to be more dangerous for us to put grocery items on than the Covid germs they are deployed to destroy?

So there I stood, rather appropriately on my red social distancing marker, while fiddling with my mask when something inside me broke.  I just can’t do this Coronavirus Kabuki Dance any longer.  The ever growing list of nonsensical mandates is to accomplish what, slowing the spread of infection?  Eliminating infections all together?

Has anyone on the planet ever gotten a virus from a contaminated grocery item?  And do people walking past each other really pose any kind of a threat?  Why would it make a difference if they’re going in the same direction or not? And if masks are so effective why bother with distancing at all?

Questions like that hurt my brain hurt, so I switch it off and put on my happy face for the cashier, hidden of course behind my mask.

On my way out, a nice young employee who surely was sporting a wide toothy grin behind his store branded mask gently informed me I was heading out the wrong exit, as this was for incoming patrons only and I needed to go to the other side of the store where the correct outgoing one was located.

Garnering every ounce of my being to stop myself from slapping the man to the ground, I mumbled an apology through gritted teeth as I turned to walk the other way, eyes spinning wildly above my now grossly wet mask.

Really, how long are we going to keep doing this?  Until a vaccine comes out?  Do people understand this might be never? Or, at the very earliest, perhaps January of 2021, plus the several added months needed to force it upon administer it to 300+million people? Quick, raise your hand if you’d like to be first in line to try an unproven vaccine that was rushed to market?

What’s really going on here? We’ve turned life completely upside down for a virus whose survival rate for most people is over 99%.  For those that do get sick, there are good treatments available and hospitals around the country have been reinforced to handle surges of critical cases.  We also know primarily who this virus effects most seriously, but instead of devoting resources and brain power towards protecting them, we get sledgehammer mandates that treat all of us as if we face the same risk.

At the same time we’ve institutionalized fear and suspicion of others with policies that incentivize being scared of your neighbor for bad coronavirus behavior. Surely you’ve noticed people jostling to cross the street as you walk by, their panic palpable at being near someone outside their “circle”; someone, God forbid, who isn’t wearing a mask!  

A smile used to convey friendliness; now it’s considered a threat because if it can be seen that means that person is not wearing a mask, which is very bad coronavirus behavior.  On the flip side, wearing a mask prevents the internal wiring in others from properly determining  danger as someone approaches. A smile signals good will, but since it’s hidden, the brain defaults to high threat alert.

Facial masks are dehumanizing really and condition people to accept as ok a government mandate to hide a central part of their identity. Makes me wonder what else does this open the door for?

We also continually hear how important it is for people to keep their distance from others, which implies that human closeness is wrong and that participating in things where others will be present like church, going out to dinner and family gatherings is irresponsible.  We’ve basically taken away all the essential ingredients needed for healthy, human relationships to thrive.

I’m sorry but none of this is normal and I’m sick of pretending that it will make a difference in stopping the virus from doing what viruses always do, which is infect people until enough become immune and it runs out of viable hosts. Until this happens, whether through natural herd immunity or vaccine induced, we are going to have to learn how to do life with Covid-19.

And not this zombie like existence either, with many businesses still shut down, no concerts or sporting events, limited travel and a decimated performing arts industry.  It’s time to fully open things up and start living as human beings again.

Would this risk an increase Covid cases and deaths?  Yes, without a doubt, but living life devoid of all the things that make it pleasurable is merely existing, which is seriously damaging in ways we haven’t begun to scratch the surface on. 

We can still have some distancing policies in place and mask wearing where it makes sense, but on the whole people need to make their own decisions on how fully they would want to participate based on own their own personal health situations.  Gobs of stimulus money could also be diverted towards virus protection for those that need it.

We will never be allowed to do this though.  You can be sure that as infections  rise and calls to re-lock down the economy grow louder, government officials already drunk with power will do just that.  The fear of getting Covid and the continual drumbeat of panic by the media has created a learned helplessness in people which practically begs a strong government authority to take over.

How can I look at those driving alone with masks on and think otherwise?

Fear, isolation, suspicion of others, dwindling civil liberties, an increasingly strong and powerful state, high unemployment, sky rocketing suicide and addiction levels, unsustainable government debt; The virus I would argue is the least of our worries.

It’s our response to it that keeps me up at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When Wokes and Racists Agree

I promise, it’s worth the 1 minute 45 seconds of your time!

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Gavin Newsom is Lying About Coronavirus Stats

 

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California Governor Gavin Newsom added San Diego to his growing watchlist of counties that are required to clawback their re-openings due to increasing cases of COVID-19.  As of Tuesday, all bars, indoor dining establishments and entertainment areas like museums have closed as per Newsom’s directive. It was a brazenly obtuse move, a giant slap in the face to already struggling business owners who have really been doing their part to keep their places safe, clean and in compliance with the torrent of new, pandemic era regulations.

It’s also not following science.

First, keep in mind that COVID deaths as a percentage of California’s population is .0164325%. For San Diego it’s .00003076%

And yes new infections are up, somewhat dramatically so, as people have become more active and we are testing at enormous rates.  The good news is it’s mostly those in their 20s and 30’s whose COVID death rate is in the 0% range and who usually only experience mild to moderate flu like symptoms, if any.  Obviously there are tragic outliers but they are not the norm.

Even with older folks up to age 70, if you don’t suffer from a pre-existing condition that makes you more vulnerable to COVID, your chances of dying from it are small, akin to that of dying in a car accident.  As renown scientist Dr. John Ioannidis states in this article,

The death rate in a given country depends a lot on the age-structure, who are the people infected, and how they are managed,” Ioannidis said. “For people younger than 45, the infection fatality rate is almost 0%. For 45 to 70, it is probably about 0.05-0.3%. For those above 70, it escalates substantially.”

The even better news is death numbers and ICU admissions, while on a recent upswing, as a whole have remained mostly flat. In fact in San Diego where we have 8,0000 hospital beds, there are only 162 COVID related hospitalizations and medical facilities throughout California are only at 8% capacity.  There are upticks, which I’ll get in to further down, but they have nothing to do with people enjoying a meal out with friends.

So what gives? Why is Gavin Newsom purposefully harming business owners and shaming constituents who are enjoying life again, while fear mongering over California’s rising new infections?

Part of this I believe is that he is desperate to distract attention from the COVID  nursing home slaughter that’s happening across the state and which his own reckless actions of PAYING NURSING HOMES TO ACCEPT COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS have contributed to.

As of this writing there have been 6,573 COVID deaths in California out of a population of 41 million people.  78% percent of those deaths were in people 65 and older and ALMOST HALF were in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

In San Diego the numbers are similar where almost half our 406 COVID deaths have occurred in long term care care facilities with little support from the government SDDeaths.  Asks Patricia McGinnis, founder of California’s Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, “We have all these so called elected leaders. Where the hell are they?” 

If you’re Governor Newsom, you’re busy hiding from your criminally insane COVID payment incentive. That the Governor introduced this program well after the COVID risks for this population were well known is unfathomable, that he continues it while shaming others over going to bars and restaurants is downright repugnant.

Another taboo topic is Mexico, which Newsom will not touch, because that would mean having to explain why San Diego’s numbers are being wildly skewed by thousands of sick people coming over the border from Mexico.

“It’s an unprecedented surge across the border,” says Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association.  People are literally calling 911 once they reach the U.S. border and then taken to San Diego and Imperial County hospitals.

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Really I can’t say I blame those coming here for treatment BUT, this doesn’t excuse the refusal from Governor Newsom to acknowledge this being the driving factor behind our surging numbers. And other counties too, as border city patients are being airlifted all across the state.

So in a nutshell, Governor Newsom is silent on COVID nursing home deaths and his role in this, downplaying the low COVID risks for healthy people, pushing a non-existent hospital capacity problem and ignoring border caseload stats to push a panic driven narrative that tightens the screws on his already unprecedented assault on civil liberties.

Oh, he’s also threatened to withhold up to 2.5 billion dollars in funding from counties who don’t abide his closure orders. and he’s deploying Orwellian themed Strike Teams to enforce his directives.

Again, the question is why?

Is it to make California’s economy so bad it necessitates a federal bailout that will delay the state’s pending bankrupt pension fund implosion until after he leaves office?  Or to keep people in such a pandemic frenzy that a mandatory and easily gamed mail in voting for the November election becomes reality?

Or is it simply that Gavin Newsom is like any other petty, wanna be dictator out there who craves power, enjoys controlling people and demands respect by the threat of law?

What an all around abysmal failure of leadership from Gavin Newsom.  California deserves better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Independence Day!

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Today we celebrate America’s separation from British rule, formally ratified through the Declaration of Independence. It’s important to remember just how revolutionary this document was; both in laying out the ideals and principles of our nation’s new government and in justifying breaking off from the oppression of Great Britain.
It was the philosophical basis of a government that exercised power only by consent of the governed, which was truly a radical concept for this time! Shamelessly this did not include black Americans who were forced to live as slaves, owned by many political leaders of that time no less. But the sin of man is not a repudiation of our founding ideals, which eventually brought about the abolishment of slavery.
Frederick Douglass makes this point well in an impassioned speech called “What to the Slave is the 4th of July? After a biting biting critique of the hypocrisies of the holiday he ends with “I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.”
Most of human history to that point consisted of government ruling over its people with power always ceding to the wealthy and politically connected. The Declaration of Independence and its inspired creation, the Constitution, flipped this on its head and outlined the conditions of a free people whose rights and liberty are derived from God, not man. The founding fathers understood that for people to truly live well, the oppression of government must be tamed so the dignity and freedom of the human spirit can thrive.
So enjoy today’s festivities. Just don’t forget to share a toast in celebration of the freedoms we enjoy today because of the foresight and extreme sacrifices from those that came before us.
Cheers and Happy Independence Day!
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Don’t All Black Lives Matter?

 

This video shows some very calm and rational black men and a woman trying to have a discussion with a mob that wants to tear down the Lincoln statue in D.C. As you can see things didn’t go very well.

It’s a bit disturbing how hysterical one of the protesters gets, as she hollers at someone who undoubtedly knows from personal experience more about white racism towards blacks than this pitifully confused creature could ever hope to. In fact it’s hard to watch as these brave men and women get sworn at and completely disrespected.  They probably thought explaining the importance of remembering our history and why Lincoln matters so much would help dial things down.

The tear down mob is not at all interested in reason however, they’re just out to throw temper tantrums and destroy stuff.

Here’s another one  if you can stomach it.  I could post several others but I think you get the idea.

People say they are for black lives, but then have no problem shaming and insulting black people standing right in front of them.  Don’t their lives matter too?

 

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On Being a Victim

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Citizen Tom has a smart post up called I am a Victim where he challenges our thinking by flipping the narrative on who we normally think of as one.  That got me thinking a bit about the word victim.

I was a negative person for much of my younger years.  Bitterness about this or that disadvantage distorted my way of thinking, leading to a victimhood mentality where perceived enemies or circumstances were always preventing me from doing or getting what I wanted.  It wasn’t until I decided to drop being bitter for better that I began to actively seek change, which opened the door to self examination and new ways of thinking about things.

This was extremely humbling but also extraordinarily freeing, as I discovered how much power I had simply by controlling my thoughts and reactions to situations. I also began to see how enslaved I was to other people’s opinions and how much in need I was for someone or something to validate me.  I wasn’t completely free of this and am still not in some ways, but just being aware of my issues was a huge paradigm shift for me and has helped immensely.

It also left an opening for God to work his way in to my heart, where I began to discover my true identity and worth through Him.  That was the beginning of the end of my petty little world of grievance.  Good riddance.

This is why, in the past anyway, this blog has focused a lot on victimhood mentality and the corrosive effects it has on a person’s thought process.  I’m not talking about suffering from depression or going through a rough patch, but when feelings of unfairness and being wronged are so internalized and absolute, that this becomes the kaleidoscope you view life through.

Not only are you building your own internal prison, one toxic thought layered upon another, you’re also morphing in to reality the very type of miserable life you’re trying to escape. Pride blocks the exits and a refusal to look within for answers seals them shut, creating a vicious and exhausting circle of blame, anger and denial.

Our society is steeped in victimhood mentality right now.  My concerns in the past have mainly focused on political groups manipulating young women in to believing they will never truly get ahead in life because America is inherently sexist.  As I wrote here

“These movement leaders don’t give a whit about women really, only that their natural insecurities get exploited enough for them to believe the lie that a systemically sexist and controlling patriarchy is continually holding them back. Ironically that type of thinking really will keep someone from getting ahead, as it prevents self reflection and course correction. When blaming others becomes the default response to life’s inevitable hardships,  it becomes extremely difficult to make needed changes for growth.”

The black community of course has been targeted with these political grifters for eons, probably for longer and worse than with women and with more tragic results.  And just as my belief about sexism not being an internalized system in this country, I don’t believe black people suffer under systemic racism in today’s America.

Sexism and racism do exist of course and women and people of color face unique and sometimes brutal challenges from them, but in my opinion this comes from individual encounters with individual people.  While unfortunate, these bad players don’t define an entire gender or race. Isn’t that what we’re trying to get away from anyway?  Not attributing negative characteristics to people based on sex or skin color?

I’ll end with words from a previous post called Personal Freedom is a Choice.

Since the beginning, man has always tried to control one another.  Some use physical force, some the power of government and others words that bring shame and fear.  The most devastatingly effective ones manipulate people in to imprisoning themselves by convincing them they are not worthy of living in freedom; that they were born a victim and will always be one. The “victim” then misses completely the awesome gift of life they have and their ability to forge and shape it as they please.”

It’s easy to forget the freedoms we have in America today.  We can pretty much do or say what we want but there are those that would have us forget this. They want us to believe we are being held back by some societal oppressor; an “ism” that forever prevents us from reaching our full potential.  With this view, everyone and everything becomes an oppressor, something to be offended by and fight against.

This is the worst type of bondage because it causes individuals to lose their ability to honestly look themselves and change where needed.  Ironically this only creates more victims while reducing liberty for all of us, as the government happily steps in as savior and increases its fat footprint over our lives.

Freedom is like the air that surrounds us; lifesaving but not noticeable until it’s taken away.  Pay attention America, before it’s too late.”

 

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America is in Trouble

In March of 2019, I wrote a blog post called, Intersectionality and Radical Grace that could be written almost word for word today.  I’ve copied  and pasted it below as the issues it touches upon are still very relevant.  Unfortunately my optimism about things getting better have not proven true.  Things have only gotten worse, much worse in the 15 months that have passed.

Here is the post:

There was a  fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal written by Robert L. Woodson Sr.  The title, Even the Fiercest Social-Justice Warrior Should Learn Mercy, sums up well the author’s goal, which is to get today’s racial grievance mongers to stop focusing so much on righting wrongs from the past and instead employ the radical grace championed by Mr. Woodson and others during civil rights era struggles against real entrenched societal oppression and horrific acts of racial violence.

He writes:

As a veteran of the civil-rights movement, I remember how our most effective weapon against bigotry, hatred and oppression was radical grace. If social activists want to mimic us, let them follow in this direction rather than demand the elevation of their particular tribal interests above all others. Activists’ focus on group identity and past wrongs fuels anger and resentment, deepening divisions instead of erasing them. The only antidote to the growing conflict is for black America to take back its historical victories against injustice from those repurposing them as ammunition for an anti-American agenda.”

At this point you might be asking what does a what does a middle aged white girl from the burbs know about black racism?  Nothing of course.  I would never pretend to understand what it’s like as a black person to be discriminated against, nor am I denying that racism exists today.

What I do know a lot about unfortunately is what Mr. Woodson alludes to in that last sentence about people perverting once noble causes and “repurposing them as ammunition for an anti-American agenda.”  Anyone paying attention to today’s culture wars can clearly see that is the norm for social justice groups claiming to be fighting for the oppressed, but who are in reality pushing political agendas that have nothing to do with helping anyone but the people in power that run these groups.

The Women’s March is a fine example of this.  It promotes itself as a champion of women’s interests and empowerment, yet it’s really about getting progressive candidates in to office to enact a far left agenda that I believe is harmful to women and squelches empowerment.  At their core, the Women’s March and other grievance movements run counter to our Founding Fathers insistence that all men area created equal and that individual rights take precedence over those of the collective.

How so?  By their adherence to intersectionality-the belief that societal oppression intersects among various tribes whose powerlessness is based on the the number of victim points they have.   A transgender, black woman under this system garners more sympathy than a white gay man who only has 1 grievance box checked to her 3. There’s no accounting for a person’s unique background and character traits and no individuality, just balkanized groups assigned different spots on the hierarchy ladder of oppression .

Intersectionality has become a religion to its followers.  It’s a cancer that encourages people to make assumptions about others based on race, sexual orientation and gender. It’s identity politics on steroids, which I’ve written about before here, here and here and it’s turning the progress we’ve made on racial discrimination and women’s empowerment on its head.

It’s a growing threat too because what was once contained to quirky liberal arts colleges, has spread like wildfire to the broader culture, as indoctrinated students graduated and moved on to positions of power in corporations and government. It’s a big reason why we live in a state of constant outrage, where people feel traumatized over the slightest of things and receive cultural validation for it if they belong to the “correct” tribe.

There is little grace in this and no mercy at all for the accused; no room for discussion, and absolutely no forgiveness for an honest mistake made.  Societal chaos and divisiveness continue to grow and individual freedom shrinks as the power of the state gets called upon to “right” so many “wrongs.”

This does nothing for the truly oppressed, the poor and those that have been dealt  crappy life cards.  Chaining them them to a victimhood mentality of course only makes things worse, but no matter because it increases the constituency of the modern day grievance industry.  The collateral damage of ruined, stunted lives is less important then the increased power and status gained by the movement.

It’s unclear where this will all lead.  I’m hoping the asininity of intersectionality becomes the achilles heal that eventually kills it.  As more and more groups claim victimhood status and the grievances become pettier and more absurd,  a chain reaction  of “eating their own” seems to be kicking in.  The favored group of today becomes the micro aggressor of tomorrow and gets booted from the club.  We can only hope the collapse comes soon.

In the meantime we could do worse than to study Robert Woodson’s ideas on forgiveness and self reflection as a path to empowerment and changed lives. As he says:

“This is a model for anyone seriously interested in erasing injustice and promoting equality. Nobody grows when activists are intolerant of others’ flaws or demand the end of careers because of past wrongs. Emphasizing past evil—let alone manufacturing racial attacks to satiate the media’s appetite—inflames anger on both sides. Let us wisely choose grace instead.”

 

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Ghosts of the Past

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, when 76 years s ago Allied forces staged an enormous assault on German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The bunker shown in the photo was actually located quite a bit South of Normandy, but it was built by the Germans in anticipation of a coastal attack so I thought the reblog appropriate for today.

Especially as we look at what’s going on around us now. Evil never really goes away, just in to hiding. Remembering the past helps us recognize when it again rears its ugly head and hopefully beat it back down.

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Bunkers Surfers Catching Waves Beside WWII Nazi Bunkers-Capbreton, France 2017

Tucked away in the Southwest corner of France at the mouth of the Bay of Biscay, sits the little town of Capbreton which my mom’s side of the family has been connected with since the 1800’s.

The town, once known as the City of 100 Captains, has a lively history; a Viking invasion, King Henry IV riding his horse through the doors of its ancient church and bumping his head on the portal, Napoleon III building a wooden jetty to protect the port that still stands today and a German occupation during World War II by  that left defense bunkers on the little town’s beautiful beaches.  

It’s these bunkers that fascinate me the most.  Built for Hitler’s infamous Atlantic Wall defense against an impending Allied attack; they were part of a massive complex of over 10,000 fortified structures stretching…

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Year of Insanity

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No matter what happens going forward, 2020 will forever be known as the year we went bonkers.  It appears to be from a sickness that messes with the brain, causing acute loss of logic and critical thinking skills. Symptoms include extreme naivety in the goodwill of government officials, a complete disregard for civil liberties except when they align with preferred political causes, an eagerness to shame and censure others and uncontrollable urges to show wokeness through obnoxious, shallow acts of virtue signaling.

This virus has been around for several years but really grew legs during the Coronavirus (so last week, I know) when it mutated in to mass psychosis.  The killing of George Floyd, protests, riots and looting then caused an explosion of infections; the telltale sign being the severe cognitive dissonance of those who cheered social distance rules keeping churches closed, but who now throw all such standards out the window to accommodate large crowds during BLM protests.

The primary method of spread is done via social media, where large amounts of gullible vulnerable people fell victim to being brainwashed through the repetitive use of banal phrases and memes.  Those with pre-existing conditions, particularly that of Trump Derangement Syndrome, were found to suffer most, having significantly higher viral loads within the body, causing incoherence and complete intolerance to outside opinions.

The only cure is to stay completely off line, don’t watch the mainstream news and think for yourself.  Experts roundly agree there is not a snowball’s chance in hell  little possibility of this occurring and that cases will continue to spike throughout the year.

Until November 6 when a new and more lethal form of the virus could take root.  All bets are off.

 

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Primed For Hate

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I just love this article, “What if We’ve All Been Primed?” written by Tom Nokkola and taken from his blog, tomnikkola.com.  It provides some really good insight on why we form cultural tribes and how the COVID-19 saga has put this process on steroids.  It also challenges us to break free from this by questioning some commonly accepted beliefs.

The main premise is something called behavioral priming, which leads us to think in specific ways that pit us against one another.  Behavioral priming, Nokkola says:

is the ability to influence someone’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors without them knowing about it, through exposing them to a previous stimulus.  For example, repeating the phrase, “Stay home. Stay safe.” could be a form of priming, as it has the potential to impact the way people think (or don’t think and just do), speak, or act.”

Quite simply Stay home. Stay safe leaves the distinct implication that if you don’t stay home you are putting yourself and others in jeopardy, you are a danger to the tribe. Hearing the phrase often enough solidifies this truth in the mind and gives license to shame others who don’t follow it.

Interestingly enough, the fear of getting sick with the coronavirus plays right in to this.  According to this article from the BBC , fear can even change our psyches making us even more tribalistic.  The article goes on to say:

“Due to some deeply evolved responses to disease, fears of contagion lead us to become more conformist and tribalistic, and less accepting of eccentricity. Our moral judgements become harsher and our social attitudes more conservative…”

Hmmmm, moral judgements becoming harsher, what say you Karen?

Another commonly heard phrase Nikkola discusses is, We’re all in this together. This also creates a divide with others whose circumstances do not lend them to want to participate in this grand cultural kumbaya moment of pandemic fighting from their couches.

Maybe for them not working literally means not eating.  Or perhaps they are financially stable, but worried about the negative effects of the shutdowns vastly outweighing those from the coronavirus. Both are perfectly sane positions, but have somehow become demonized because they infer we are not all in this together, which again threatens the status quo.

New normal is another one.  This is frequently used to describe how life will be different after we exit our shelter in place holes and implies we better just darn well get used to it.  It’s just the new normal they say and it’s going to be repeated ad nauseam in the weeks and months ahead.

Disagreeing with this implies that you want to make people unsafe by not being on board with, say, making structural changes to society, which Joe Biden stated when discussing his coronavirus response strategy.

These types of phrases also feed in to the natural human inclination to feel morally superior over others. Once that takes effect people get very nasty because they now have a vested interest in being right about your deplorable behavior and will quickly devolve to rude and obnoxious behavior when this belief is challenged.

Nikkola suspects, and I agree with him, there are motives behind this which may not be so pure and that our default action should be to ask questions.  As he says:

“What if, by you simply asking, “What if?” you start to feel less concerned about COVID-19, and more about where we’re headed as a country?  We all need to ask more questions rather than accept all answers.”

He is not saying there is some Grand Poobah pulling levers behind a curtain, merely that large events such as a global pandemic create much confusion and panic, which people will exploit.  That’s not crazy talk, just the natural inclination of man in a fallen world.

My perspective?  We are living through an historic moment where the simultaneous catastrophes of a global pandemic and economic shut down have collided with the perfect fear inducing trifecta of 24/7 news, social media narrative setting and the most contentious election year probably in our lifetime.

Needless to say we are saturated in fear, outrage and misinformation and it’s affecting not just how major public policy decisions are being made, but how we relate to each other too.

You can bet there are people out there wanting to exploit this to their advantage.

 

 

 

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