Given that 7 Million people annually are said to die from the effects smoking, about three Million from obesity (hello, cat ladies!), and many more from a lack of exercise, excess sugar, excessive alcohol, and many, many other dangers of the modern, oversaturated world, I treat the Coronavirus as a lesser threat.
I do not deny its existence or threat to some people, but any person who smokes, doesn't exercise, and is overweight could literally improve his changes of long term survival infinitely more than by following any of the guidelines because of the virus. In fact, that person could completely ignore them, like I do.
I am torn between saying something and keeping my mouth shut on social media. I only use facebook as an all-you-can-see platform outside of messaging apps, and 80% of my contacts are sheepy, submissive, socially awkward millennial normies that every dictator would wish to rule over if it weren't for their rather unimpressive physical abilities making them unfit for any sort of military conscription.
And its not that I hate them. Many of them are actually decent people. Their flaw is cowardice, not maliciousness, and sometimes I find myself taking comfort in being among them, with their light-hearted predictability, their reliability of being part of a uniform crowd.
The world is not perfect, and I have long ago come to terms with the fact that 80% of the people will always follow the herd. I can not blame the sheep for following the shepherd, even if he turns out to be a butcher.
But then again, it says the dumbest sheep is the one that follows the butcher to the slaughterhouse, and I start thinking. I find myself drafting long, thoughtful posts, only to hesitate in the last moment, because I realise that even if I am right, it might only have negative consequences. I haven't made up my mind though.
People dont like to be lectured by their "peers". It triggers their insecurities and defense mechanism. They will however defer to the "experts"
A better way is to ask poignant strategic questions and turn it around on them. For example:
"Why did Dr Fauci say in March that wearing masks if youre healthy but now we're supposed to all wear them. Was he wrong then? How do we know he's not wrong now?"
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Or say "Hey did you Dr Fauci says healthy people dont need to wear face masks. Im not wearing one and Im fine. Why are you?"
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